Many modern technologies and products are the result of NASA’s research to bring people to the Moon 50 years ago.
Battery run tools. NASA is not the place to create the first battery drill, but they have helped this tool more popular. Due to the need for drilling and sampling equipment on the Moon, NASA contacted Black & Decker to buy an unlicensed drill they created in 1961. In addition to not plugging in the power, the drills still had to withstand. Very harsh temperature. After providing drilling for Apollo 11, Black & Decker also created screw drivers and many other battery tools, and also participated in the field of medical equipment. Photo: DeWalt.
Battery vacuum cleaner. In addition to sample extraction tools, NASA also studied the dust collector component for the chisel machine on the Moon. The technology they created was later applied to Dustbuster, the first battery-powered vacuum cleaner, launched in 1979. Photo: Expert Reviews.
Fire protection gear. In 1967, the Apollo 1 firefighting killed three astronauts. To prevent a similar incident, NASA has studied special materials to protect both spacecraft and astronauts. Monsanto, the big US chemical company, created a non-flammable material called Durette. They also introduced an easy-to-remove mask-based breathing system. These are the two most important components of equipping firefighters today. Photo: Gore Protective.
Shoe sole Nike Air. Astronaut’s shoes on the Moon have a cushion for damping, while still ensuring stability to ensure safety when traveling on all surfaces of rock and dust. Al Gross engineer working in the shoe research team found this design to be applicable to the footwear industry. Instead of the usual plastic, Gross devised a way to use foams to put on the sole of the shoe, combined with a strong upper base, withstands the force. Aviation engineer Frank Rudy approached Nike in 1979 to come up with a similar invention, later becoming the famous Nike Air shoe sole. Photo: SneakerMag.
Solar battery. Solar panels began to be used in satellites since 1958, but it wasn’t until it was used on the Apollo that it was actually known. Apollo batteries are manufactured by Spectrolab, but they are too big and difficult to install. Early batteries did not provide energy, and only lasted for about a month. Photo: iStock.
Dialysis machine. Due to the long-running space mission, NASA needs a machine that can filter and recycle water for astronauts. During development, researchers have found ways to filter toxins from the blood. This method is now used on dialysis machines. Photo: Shutterstock.
Magnetic resonance imaging. In the mid-1960s, to improve the image taken from the Moon, NASA developed a method for processing digital images. This treatment method is now widely used in the medical field, is an important component of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as tomography. Photo: Monash.
Metal blankets keep heat. You can see these special blankets at marathons, when athletes complete a blanket-wrapped race. During the Apollo mission, NASA needed to protect the devices from radiation on the universe, but it should be lightweight so as not to affect the weight of the ship. Finally, they created a blanket with aluminum wrapped around the Mylar coating, which could protect both astronauts and devices. That design principle is used in metal blankets, sometimes called “cosmic blankets” today. Photo: AP.
The retractable dome of the stadium. The material that made the retractable dome was originally designed for the space suit of Apollo astronauts. It needs to be durable, light, heat-reflective and waterproof. Birdair was the first company to create such a material. Photo: Hok.
Super elastic tires. This will be an important material for the car industry in the future, replacing steam tires. Apollo’s moon-based self-propelled vehicles use tires developed by Glenn Research Center and Goodyear, capable of returning to their old shape despite deforming up to 10%. As a result, the tire can withstand very strong forces and does not need to be pumped. Photo: NASA.