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2.0 Introduction

Outer Space on Earth

Q: How often do you use high-technology products developed for travel in space?

A: Many times every day!

Do you ever use cordless phones, quartz watches, or rechargable power tools? Or how about saran wrap or aluminum foil? Does your house have a smoke detector? These everyday projects are just a few of the thousands of products that are a direct result of space research by NASA.

Although the most well known and visible accomplishments of the American Space Program have taken place in space, their biggest effects have been here on Earth. Products that were originally developed to send astronauts into space and build a space station have found their way into our lives here on Earth.

These everyday products, called spinoffs, have been a large part of the culture and lifestyle of America since the inception of the space program.

    Definition of Technology Transfer

    Definition of Spinoff

Everyday life as we know it would not be the same without spinoffs. Perhaps the greatest and most noteworthy advancements have been in the field of medicine. Pacemakers and artificial hearts are just a few of the many advancements giving a renewed chance at life for patients.

This web site is dedicated to technology transfer education. Please take a few minutes to browse around and see the effects that spinoffs have on all of our lives.

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