Night Vision: Space Technology Spinoffs

Nick Jarvis

In this week’s installment of our live Night Vision series, we’ll be looking at “Space Technology Spinoffs,” i.e., technology we employ here on Earth that has been derived from technology we invented for space travel.​ (Unless you believe Agent K, of course.)

Many of us have probably heard the elevator pitch for this idea: NASA invented Velcro, Teflon, and Tang, so thanks to their research we can now enjoy non-stick cookware and waterproof pens.

Except… none of those things I’ve just described were invented, or even funded, by NASA!

As it happens, there are lots of popular misconceptions about space technology. In some cases, many think NASA invented technologies that they really didn’t, while numerous actual NASA developments have improved our technology, our economy, and our day-to-day lives in other ways that we often don’t fully appreciate.

This week, we’ll explore how NASA-derived technology touches our lives in our homes, offices, and schools; how it helps keep us safe when we travel, in the air, on the highway, and even on roller coasters; and how it reaches us everywhere from our hospitals, to the orthodontist’s office, to our bedroom furniture.

Night Vision: Space Technology Spinoffs is presented by Nick Jarvis on Thursday, May 26th and Saturday, May 28th, in the Hansen Dome Theater at 6:45pm. Tickets available online​ or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.

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