What is the link between IQBar and astronauts? 

On the first Friday of every May we celebrate Space Day. Humans have always been fascinated by the great expanse of space and through our need for exploration and discovery we have developed some rather useful technologies. 

In fact, much of the equipment you use to teach our Breadies can be linked back to space.  

Here are 8 inventions we wouldn’t have without space travel, how many do you use to teach? 

Camera Phones 

In the 1990s a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created cameras which were small enough to take into space but were still high quality. Many camera phones still use this technology.  

Laptops 

The SPOC (Space Shuttle Portable Onboard Computer) used existing laptop technology, however it was modified greatly by NASA and the new software they developed propelled the commercial market to create laptops for general use.  

Wireless Headsets 

All you Buddies who use wireless headsets to help you teach, have NASA to thank for them. These were originally developed to allow astronauts to communicate and be hands-free without wires getting in the way.  

Computer Mouse 

In the 1960s a NASA researcher was trying to make computers more interactive for data analysis and his work lead to the development of the computer mouse.  

Scratch Resistant Lenses 

Space equipment needs surfaces that are resistant to scratches as any small scratch can create a massive weakness. As a result, NASA’s Lewis Research Centre ended up developing the technology we now use on our glasses.  

Trainers 

Trainers such as Nike Airs with inbuilt comfort soles were developed as a direct result of spacesuit technology.  

Home Insulation 

Space has a lot of extreme temperatures and so NASA had to develop specialised insulation from aluminium and polyester, which is still used today in most houses.  

Memory Foam 

If you sleep on a memory foam mattress you are actually sleeping on the same material that was developed to make astronauts seats more comfortable.  

How to Celebrate Space Day? 

Why not make the most of this time in lockdown to find out a bit about the universe in which we live? 
 
There are some amazing podcasts, TV shows and books that you could delve into.  

Here are some of my favourites: 

TV Show – BBCs ‘Wonders of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox’. (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1854226/)  

Podcast – ‘StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson’ https://www.startalkradio.net/  

Book – ‘A brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking  

Website – NASA At Home https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html 

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