As I mentioned in the last post I spent last week in Florida, and while there had the
opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center. It was really amazing and super educational! One of the interesting educational tidbits was about wide range of spinoff technologies that have come from the space program.
Critics of the space program frequently wonder whether the cost of the space program is worth it, and whether NASA’s vision, “To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind” has any application here on Earth. Perhaps it is because the extent of the spinoff technologies from the Space program are not widely known. NASA keeps a searchable database of all the technologies that have been made possible because of the efforts of NASA’s research and exploration. Products and technologies that have their roots in space range from memory foam, WD-40, lasik eye surgery (the lasers used were originally developed by NASA to help dock and align parts in space!), heart pumps and several other medical innovations. Consumers can check for a Space Certification Program logo on products to realize that this product or underlying technology has its origins in space.
Perhaps the greatest spinoff of the space program has been the captivation of imaginations across the world. Popular culture has frequently demonstrated our fascination with outer space, and the possibilities presented in science fiction. So to that end here is a list of my top 5 science fiction spinoffs/sequel movies and television shows
- Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
- Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
- The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica
- Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Airplane II: The Sequel