10 Surprising household inventions developed by NASA that you never knew
NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established in 1958. The primary objective of NASA was to study space exploration and travel as well as observing the Earth. However somewhere along the way NASA also ended up condoning and promoting scientific inventions and began to take on the hue of a multi niche scientific organization which is why there are many inventions routed through NASA. Till date the space agency has over 6300 patents and among them here are ten surprising household inventions invented by NASA that you couldn’t have known about.
1 Enriched Baby Formula
NASA experimented with microalgae to support life on extended space flight. NASA scientists discovered a natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are usually found in breast milk. Today 90% of baby formula actually contains these microalgae which was actually a NASA invention.
2 Memory Foam
Did you even suspect that the memory foam mattress and pillow that helps you sleep at night was developed by NASA? NASA invented temper foam in 1970 to minimize the force of impact for during landings for astronauts. Also known as memory foam the idea was to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for airline pilots and passengers. Memory foam can absorb shock and return to original state. It is widely used today in pillows, mattresses, helmets and even prosthetics.