Inventions Made for Space Investigations, now Used in Daily Lives

Today, as we celebrate 50 years of the moon landing by Apollo 11, we cannot think about the many inventions that were done to make this mission a success.

Space investigations have always been fascinating. In turn, these lead to many innovations and inventions. What is amazing is, that many of the inventions done for Apollo 11 have made their way into our daily lives and yes, they are being used every single day without fail or technical glitches.

Here are some of the amazing inventions which have made our lives easier:

1. Sneakers: Shock-absorbing soles were the requirement of the hour. A NASA engineer came up with the idea of Compression Chamber midsole. They also got a patent for this. So now we know how lightweight running shoes which don’t break under pressure came into existence.

2. Camera Phones: The tiny camera in the latest mobile phones is yet another invention by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The small camera was invented to fit it in the spacecraft without being damaged with the immense pressure and at the same time maintaining the scientific quality. This technology is used by most of the cameras these days.

3. Water Purifiers: Small and lightweight water purifier units were made by NASA. These were used to purify water that was for human consumption in the space flight. The unit worked without any regular monitoring. Silver ions were used which killed any bacteria present in the water. This invention turned out to be very fruitful for daily use as well. The reason behind bringing it to use in daily use was that at that time chlorine was used which would dissipate due to heat or sunlight.

4. Vacuum Cleaners: These are very commonly used for vacuuming the house. But when these were invented they were used for the purpose of collecting samples from the lunar surface. Later they turned into cordless vacuum cleaners.

5. Vacuum-packed Food: The vacuum-packed food which is widely available at all the supermarkets was first invented by NASA. This invention was done in order to take care that the food does not spoil in space. The benefits of the vacuum packaging led to the prevention of the microorganisms from spreading and making the astronauts sick. Also, the astronauts got food with which they were familiar.

6. Polymer Fibre: The material polymer is made of long chains of molecules which display properties against heat resistance and toughness. A fire disaster, which led to the death of three crew members of Apollo 1 led to the awareness of flammable material. In the year 1950, Carl Marvelfirst invented polymer fibre. This fibre got famous because of NASA as it was tested under extreme conditions. It is now widely used to make uniforms for firefighters.

These inventions have definitely made our lives easier. Similarly, there are many such inventions which are actually made for a different reason but address to a different niche altogether. But whatever it is, the world of inventions is fascinating with more to look for every time.

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Did you know that these Famous Inventions were Actually Accidents

People are always trying something new. This way the young minds create amazing inventions. Some of these become a huge success while some of the inventions die even before the foundation for the same has been placed.

As per Kennedy’s research, people generally invent something new and useful when they are actually not thinking about it. And yes, their source of inspiration is the audience who may like to use the final end product.

They say that “necessity is the mother of all inventions“. Agreed that many inventions are based behind the famous phrase. However, some inventions have had a twisted fate and none the less went on to become the next big thing. There are thousands of inventors there but the ones who have made accidental innovations and have made it big are definitely lucky.

Here are some accidental yet famous and amazing inventions!

1. Penicillin: This is an accidental discovery by Sir Alexander Fleming, who was at the verge of giving up when his medical experiments failed. While cleaning his experiment he found mould on the petri dish. This mould did not allow bacteria to grow around it. Out of curiosity, he started growing this mould and found that it contains the antibiotic Penicillin. This invention was definitely a breakthrough and it made history.

Source: Verywell Health

2. Matchsticks: When British Pharmacist John Walker was working under a lamp, stirring his chemicals, he saw a dried lump on the stirring stick. He tried to scrape it off, but instead, it sparked into a bright flame. On seeing the flame he got an idea and the matchsticks were born.

Source: Pixbay

3. Non-Stick Pans – Teflon: When chemist Roy Plunkett was trying to work on a new form of CFC, he landed up creating some weird white flakes. These flakes later turned out to be a high melting point lubricant. This is now applied as a coating to all the non-stick pans.

Source: Pixbay

4. Safety Glass: While working in his lab, chemist Édouard Bénédictus accidentally dropped the glass flask. But despite being of glass the flask did not shatter into pieces as it was lined with plastic cellulose nitrate. Later he patented it and now it is widely being used in the gas masks and cars.

Source: Pixbay

5. Microwave Oven: Percy Spencer may not have thought that he is going to invent the microwave when he was experimenting with the radar related vacuum tubes. While working on this, he observed that the candy bar in his pocket had started melting. He carefully used this knowledge to make popcorns and then applied for a patent for a microwave.

Source: Pixbay

6. Post-it Notes: Spenser Silver was working on making a super-strong adhesive. But instead, he landed making up an adhesive with low strength. This was later on used to paste church books as they were ripping off. But finally, the glue was used in making post-its.

Source: Pixbay

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Innovations that have Made Life Easier for Travellers

“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

In the yesteryears, the tourist used to go through a lot of hectic processes in order to travel a place which they desired to explore. With no internet connectivity, people use to stand in line for hours in order to book their tickets for respective places. Once reaching there, they would again be in a dilemma regarding the hotels and restaurants. This was not only time consuming but people also found their vacations rather tiring.

Then entered an era of internet and it changed everything for travellers. All the tiring processes which people used to go through were made simple, smooth and available at their fingertips. People started booking bus/train/air tickets as well as hotel rooms and restaurant table bookings online. The fear of not getting travel tickets or hotel rooms disappeared. Various online platforms used to deliver information like different means of travel and relative prices, hotel room availability along with facilities, the nearby restaurants to the online users were available. These platforms not only provided them with the information but also helped them to do bookings and respective transactions in order to confirm bookings with small charges included for their services.

Source: Travelingboard

The Internet has helped travellers and tourists in many ways. Companies like Google, Bing, and Wikipedia help people gather knowledge and information as per their interest. The internet has helped tourists to plan their vacations in the most effective ways and at low cost. Earlier people used to buy maps of the country in order to plan the places they will be visiting and were unsure about the cost which they were likely to spend on the tour. But now, with many tours and travels online booking sites and physical offices, people find it much convenient for bookings and experience hassle-free vacations whenever and wherever they go.

Source: Google

People have started blogging about their travel journeys by sharing information about various places they have visited in order to help other co-travellers. Apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other socialising sites help people to share pictures, information and upload videos – both live and pre-recorded.

Source: YouTube

As we are living in the era of digitalization, a lot of innovative products are in the market which helps the tourists and travellers to travel around the world quickly, safely and comfortably. In order to overcome the language barriers, Duolingo which is a well-designed app helps people to learn new languages with fun and experience. Google translate assists in knowing day-to-day words in different languages and helps to translate any sign or menu. The Pilot, a pair of small cordless earbuds, is one of the innovative product which translates conversations in real time from a foreign language to your native language.

Source: ExtremeTech

During travelling, distance and time are much information needed for any traveller. This problem is solved by Google maps and other supporting apps such as Citymapper. Google maps provide time-distance information depending on the means of transportation like by car or bus/train or by walk. Also about public transports like buses and trains, the details are displayed along with the traffic congestions on the roads.

Source: Wikipedia

For staying purposes, online apps and websites like Airbnb, OYO, Trivago, Goibibo, etc. have provided good services and facilities with competitive prices. The sharing economy is a boom and the companies like Uber and Ola are helping travellers to reach their destination at an affordable cost. After the bullet metro trains, Hyperloop, the future of transportation, is going to change the way of travelling by minimizing the time required for long distances along with cosy experience.

Source: Euronews

Technology is evolving at a great pace and innovations like Virtual reality and Augmented reality is changing the way of looking at things. After wearing VR Goggles, an exciting experience can be achieved by the person who is looking at the world through it. But it’s still not clear whether it will also replace travelling. However, we definitely realize that high-quality photographs and video recordings are vital with regards to choosing where we need to travel, stay, or eat and VR will just enhance that experience.

Source: Amazon

The feeling of resfeber has virtually disappeared due to innovation in the travel industry. So what do you think will be the future of travelling and the travel industry? Leave the comment below and share your opinions and views as every opinion matters.

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