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Popular Products Developed by NASA Scientists

NASA frequently receives headlines for awesome, and ridiculous, tech developments, but some of its scientific contributions integrate seamlessly into the consumer landscape with very little, or no, fanfare. Radar Online recently compiled a list of 13 NASA developments that were originally intended for space travel, but also became mainstream products.

One of the selections is well-known, like the now-banned high-tech swimsuits (which the U.S. team wore on its way to numerous world records during the Beijing Olympics). Folks might be surprised to hear of some NASA developments include smoke detectors, cordless power tools, and the "memory metal" used in braces.

Radar Online did leave off some developments that deserve recognition, such as the Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk (i.e. diapers) made infamous during the
psycho-astronaut fiasco, or memory foam used in beds, pillows, wheelchairs, body armor, and a host of other everyday products.

Given the current state of the economy, the next NASA development ready for public consumption seems obvious. A pimped-out lunar rover (with a power cell that works for weeks) would not only provide a green alternative to gasoline, but could single-handedly save the U.S. auto industry (so long as NASA doesn't charge $19 million for the unreliable onboard toilet). [From: Radar Online]

[Ed. note. The space pen was not, in fact, developed by NASA. Paul Fisher spent over a million dollars designing and testing pressurized space pens, which NASA eventually purchased and used in space.]

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