7 Space Technologies that Changed the World
On December 11, President Trump signed White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond. The policy calls for the NASA administrator to “lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.” The policy represents a cosmic shift in focus and resources and also promises a range of innovative discoveries that can have broad economic and social impact.
When scientists are working to solve unique issues on the International Space Station or on a shuttle mission, they may inadvertently develop a technology that is later commercialized and used to bring space-age technology “down to earth”.
These seven space technologies literally changed the lives for millions of people all around the world. They all were originally created under the direction of NASA and were among only 75 technologies inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame, a organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of space exploration and encouraging further innovation by recognizing individuals, organizations and companies that effectively adapt and market technologies originally developed for space to improve the quality of life for all humanity. Some of the technologies outlined below are household names and others very likely will be. Here are some of the best of the best.