Have you ever wondered why science, technology, engineering, and math are so important? Think you might want to work for NASA someday? Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger studied geology, taught middle school and flew in space. STEM was important in each of these adventures and continues to play a key role in NASA's exploration of the solar system. Watch this video to find out how cool science, technology, engineering and math can be!
You may think of NASA as the leader in creating rockets, space ships, telescopes, and satellites. However, you may not know that our discoveries in the space program lead to other inventions.
*Space Shuttle Spinoffs: Some inventions that came from the shuttle program include a firefighting infrared camera, home insulation, rescue tools, artificial heart, and video stabilization software.
*International Space Station Spinoffs: Some things to come from the ISS program include the ability to program an oven from the Internet or surgical robotics to implant small devices or minimize surgical procedures.
*Mars Program Spinoffs: We have panoramic photography as well as body armor for police officers.
For a complete list of spinoff technologies in transportation, public safety, consumer goods, health/medicine, and information technology, please visit: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/flyers.html
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover successfully landed on August 6, 2012. What have we learned?
1) NASA saw the first evidence of water. The rover's camera captured evidence of a stream that once ran across the north rim of Gale Crater and the base of Mount Sharp.
2) Curiosity gathered samples from rocks in the "Glenelg" area. Using its built-in chemical and mineral analysis tools, the rover found carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur -- which are all key ingredients necessary for life.
3) On the way to Mars, Curiousity's radiation assessment detector took measurements during the flight. It identified levels that exceed NASA's limit for astronauts. Curiosity continues to take measurements on Mars to determine potential hazards for deep space explorers.
To learn more about Curiosity, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion km) from our sun. New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars.
* How Do We Know When Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space?
* Voyager Mission Page
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