Space exploration can be described as many things, each of us interpret in our own ways.
Space exploration, defined by Wikapedia, is the use of astronomy and space technology to
explore outer space. Many of us don't understand all of the benefits that come along
with space exploration. The ones we are most commonly aware of are the advancing in scientific
research and helping to ensure the future survival of humanity. However, space exploration
benefits us in much greater detail than what it may appear. We are benefited by space exploration
because the space centers such as NASA work around the clock discovering new and improved
ways to develop stronger space crafts. Some of the new developments can be used in everyday
life, some of us know these things to be called spin offs.
Spin offs are all around us, almost everything these days are a spin off of some sort.
Where do some of these spins off come from? You wouldn't think it but most spin offs come
from space exploration and the advancing technologies that are involved with it. You see as
space exploration curiosity grew and the idea of venturing off to space became more and more of
a goal that was close to being reached, a large array of new advancements had been found. For
material things to be sent to outterspace they had to be a variety of things, strong, durable,
flexible, and even spring actioned. Sure there were already such items to be found already, but
none were in the condition they needed to be to be ready to be used to build space shuttles.
Scientist then realized what needed to be done, they needed to figure out chemically how to
improve the materials they already had. As they developed new stronger, durable, flexible
materials they soon realized these could be used for advancements in society today.
I feel that the major spin offs have been found in the medical field. The pace-maker is a
largely used medical device that acts as a heart. Space shuttle fuel pump technology has helped
this magnificent discovery come about giving over 200 patients a second chance at life. ("NASA Spinoff homepage")
The implantable insulin pump keeps diabetes under control so that diabetics can live at ease. It
was derived from the mechanical robot arm on the first Mars Voyagers probe. When preparing to
send satellites off to space they use a medical alloy called, nitinol, to spring the satellite out of
the rocket once it gets into space. How do we use nitinol in our everyday world? We use it as a
wire for braces, every orthodontist uses this special medical alloy to help move and shape teeth.
It has an amazing ability to spring back into shape from how ever it may have been, this makes
wearing braces just a little easier. Scratch resistant glasses for the hard worker are thanks to
NASA needing to protect their satellites from getting hit by space debris. If you are one who