It’s in the stars January 6, 2018

Are you one of those people who think the space program is a waste of money?

ADVANCING HUMANITY: Advancements in robotics are a direct spinoff of the US Space program. Picture: NASA

ADVANCING HUMANITY: Advancements in robotics are a direct spinoff of the US Space program. Picture: NASA

Do you think the money could be better spent here on planet Earth?

“You may not be aware of it but the space program has developed over a thousand spinoffs that directly, or indirectly, benefit humanity,” Australasian Science Magazine’s Dave Reneke said.

“In fact, you use dozens of them going about your daily affairs.”

Take for example electrolyte drinks, water and air purification technology.

These spinoffs created a multimillion-dollar industry producing filters for homes, hospitals, and pool industry.

Let’s not forget scratch-resistant lenses. 

“NASA developed a special coating to protect helmet visors and other space equipment from dirt and particles” Dave said.

“This technology is used on eye glasses today.

“Are you seeing things clearly yet?”

In the safety department, NASA developed search and rescue tracking systems to improve distress signal communication around the world.

More than 30,000 people have been saved using this system alone.

NASA software is also used to enhance imaging in mammograms and X-rays for the early detection of breast cancer.

For the computer buff, NASA started developing cloud controlling software in 2008 in order to help standardise their web development.

There are more than 200 businesses today using the software.

NASA earlier invested money in a study that led to the creation of the computer mouse.

Industry did well out of it, too.

In 1961, NASA contracted Black & Decker to develop a cordless drill to extract rock samples from the surface of the moon. Got one?

Hey, I almost forgot. One out of every three mobile phone cameras use technology developed for space cameras.

“You know, it’s a fact, for every one dollar spent on space exploration, $7 to $14 is returned back into the economy,” Dave explained.

“And now, NASA has developed technology that converts urine and grey washing water into safe drinking water.

“It’s true!”

So, each launch basically benefits humanity.

The spinoffs for third-world countries with polluted streams and rivers is enormous.

It’s saving lives.

Are you a NASA convert now?