The Coolest NASA Discoveries & Inventions You Didn’t Know About
There’s an entire universe being explored
NASA is known the world over, from a PhD holder in India to a third grader in London. Their discoveries and inventions have been passed down by the generation and only get better and better as the years go by. A lot has been written down over the years, but because of the sheer numbers, so many have gone over our heads.
The Earth’s second moon
The moon has been a fixture of everyone’s nights for millennia, but apparently there’s been another asteroid circling our planet for at least the last century. Officially called Asteroid 2016 HO3 and only 120-300 feet in diameter, this second moon has literally been just creeping up above everyone’s heads in an irregular orbit. There’s no telling whether or not it’s going to stick around for long, but scientist estimate that it will for a few more centuries.
Literally thousands of planets
There’s been recent debate about how many planets there are in our solar system, with Pluto in the middle of a tug of war. But Kepler, a space observatory launched by NASA, discovered recently that there thousands more outside of our solar system.
To be specific, 1,284 have been classified as planets. And there are 1,327 more that could be considered as such, although there’s more research required to officially categorize them. More importantly? Nine of them could potentially support human life.
NASA Visualization Software
For years, we’ve had to rely on information in the form of words and photographs when it came to anything related to outer space. But NASA’s given us something better: The ability and option to see satellite data in real time.
The NASA Visualization Software is available on a simple app for the iPad. We, in turn, get to see something amazing—not that it’s all about looking at something that’s literally out-of-this-world. Because the system also offers up details on temperature, climate, carbon emissions and weather projects, we’re able to learn about things like climate change and the Earth’s active systems.
NASA in itself would get barely anything done without their astronauts, so it’s easy to understand why the agency would prioritize living conditions in space. One of their stranger strategies? Forward osmosis, which transforms urine into a sugary drink.
To prepare for the Apollo missions, NASA had to figure out a way to get food out into space. So they partnered with Netflix and developed freeze drying. The dehydration process made food better for transportation and gave astronauts something to munch on—and us something to experience as well.
NASA’s discoveries have inspired dozens of series, books and films. One of the more notable ones is Lost in Space, a movie which first premiered in 1998 and is now getting a revamp thanks to Netflix.
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