Press Release

Updated Web feature Shows How NASA Technologies Improve Lives

By SpaceRef Editor
April 22, 2009
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NASA has launched an expanded version of an interactive
online program that allows users to discover some of the many NASA
technologies that positively impact everyday life. The interactive
“NASA at Home” and “NASA City” sites are enhanced with many new
features, including green-related information to coincide with Earth
Day 2009.

NASA at Home and NASA City take users on an illustrated tour of the
commercial technologies and products that trace their origins to
NASA’s investment in space and aeronautics research and development.

Visitors can scroll more than 100 technologies grouped by themes such
as home, airport, grocery store, sports arena, hospital, public
safety and manufacturing. After entering an area, users can
experience the impact NASA has on their lives and find descriptions
of such technologies as temperature-regulated clothing from materials
designed for astronaut suits and gloves, wireless headset telephone
technology pioneered to transmit the first words from the moon,
fire-resistant paint and steel coatings from NASA’s heat shield
technology, and remote-controlled ovens based on technology used
aboard the International Space Station.

Among the new features on the sites is Spinoff Challenge, a metagame
that offers users NASA Home and City graphics, wallpapers and screen
savers. NASA Billboard gives visitors up to date information about
what is new at NASA. Audio and streaming video for each of the
technologies enhance the visitor’s learning experience. Vibrant
visuals enable users to see the showcased technologies in new ways,
such as during the manufacturing process or their intended use. Users
can share the experience and knowledge with others with the
send-to-a-friend function.

NASA has documented more than 1,600 examples of how the agency’s
technologies have been used to improve life on Earth in its annual
“Spinoff” publication. The technologies are available in an online
searchable database that can be accessed directly from this new web
feature.

To view NASA at Home and NASA City, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/city

To learn more about NASA technologies that improve life on Earth,
visit: http://ipp.nasa.gov/pd_spinoff.htm

SpaceRef staff editor.