It Came from Outer Space: Everyday Products and Ideas from the Space Program, 1st Edition

  • Marjolijn Bijlefeld
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  • ISBN-10: 0313058415
  • ISBN-13: 9780313058417
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 242 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released September 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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Contains entries on products and technologies that have been either developed or improved upon because of space-related research and technology development. They represent the broad range of products spun off from the space program-from smoke detectors and fire-retardant materials to the futuristic technologies such as virtual reality and bionic eyes and muscles.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Airline Deicer—"Ice Zapper".
2: Anthrax Protection.
3: Anti-Fog Spray.
4: Anti-Shock Trousers.
5: Athletic Shoe Improvements.
6: Baby Food.
7: Better Braces.
8: Biofeedback Improvements.
9: Bionic Eyes.
10: Breast Biopsy System.
11: Burn Treatment.
12: Child Presence Sensor.
13: Cold-Weather Clothing.
14: Cool Suits.
15: Cordless Tools.
16: Digital Nose.
17: Doppler Radar—Helping Aircraft Avoid Danger.
18: Ergonomic Chairs.
19: Fire Safety.
20: Food Preparation.
21: Fresher Vegetables.
22: Glasses and Sunglasses Improvements.
23: Golf Ball Improvements.
24: Golf Club Improvements.
25: Hang Gliders.
26: Healing Light.
27: Heart Monitor Improvements.
28: Heart Pump.
29: Heart Rate Monitor.
30: Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator.
31: Infrared Detector Improvements.
32: Infrared Thermometer.
33: Insulin Pumps.
34: Joysticks for Computers.
35: Knee Brace Improvements.
36: Landmine Removal.
37: Laptop Computers.
38: Laser Angioplasty.
39: Memory Foam.
40: Memory Metals.
41: Microthermal Fabrics.
42: Osteoporosis Detection and Prevention.
43: Pacemaker Improvements.
44: Pill Transmitters.
45: Pool Filters.
46: Quantum Tubers.
47: Race Car Insulation.
48: Railroad Anti-Icer.
49: Rescue Cutters.
50: Riblets for Drag Reduction.
51: Robotic Surgery.
52: Satellite Radio.
53: Saving Harbor Porpoises.
54: Self-Contained Ecosystems.
55: Self-Righting Life Raft.
56: Ski Boot Improvements.
57: Smart Surgical Probe.
58: Space Pen.
59: "Space Rose" Perfume.
60: Stadium Roofs.
61: Toy Gliders.
62: Traffic Intersection Safety.
63: Video Camera Improvements.
64: Virtual Reality.
65: Weather, Climate, and Geologic Mapping.
66: Wildfire Control.
67: ZeoponiX.
A Brief History of NASA.
Regional Technology Transfer Centers.
NASA Field Centers and Facilities.
NASA's Space Product Development Program.
Lesson Plans.
The Air That We Breathe.
Healing Light.
Moving on Down the Highway.
Quieting the Roar.
Building Better Golf Balls.
Wanted: Green Airplanes.
NASA Goes to the Super Bowl.
Keeping Comfortable with a NASA Wardrobe.
Water: It's Not Just for Drinking.
National Education Standards.
What's on the Web.
About the Authors.