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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Space Pup & Spin Offs

When you look at the sky, do you ever want to travel in space? I sure do!

I've heard some people ask why we travel into space. It's not just for fun. We have already learned many things. And many of the things that we have learned have helped us to live better on earth.

While trying to make life better and safer for astronauts, NASA scientists have made life better for all of us. When something good is discovered for space that can be used on earth, it is called a spin off.

For example, NASA scientists discovered how to make fabric that won't burn. They used it in space suits to keep astronauts safer. Now race car drivers and fire fighters use that same fabric for protection.

NASA discovered how to use remote controlled space craft to gather information about other planets. Now we use remote control to gather information about fires, hurricanes, and volcanoes without putting someone in danger.

NASA scientists have developed freeze dried foods. They made satellite television possible. They developed cordless tools and smoke detectors.

Would you like to know more about how NASA scientists have made a difference in life on earth? Go to one of my most favorite activity books! Just visit Space Pup at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/downloads/GSFC_coloring_book.pdf

Photo courtesy NASA.

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