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Space-inspired Innovations: The NASA Inventions Quiz
by Staff
NASA technology has been inspiring everyday consumer products for decades. Take our quiz to see how much you know about space-inspired technology.

What does NASA stand for?

  • National Administration of Space and Aeronautics
  • National Aviation and Space Alliance
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

When was NASA founded?

  • 1958
  • 1960
  • 1962

True or false: NASA invented Tang, a powdered orange drink mix for astronauts to consume during space flights.

  • true
  • false

Which product now found in airplanes, cars and amusement park rides did NASA scientists invent in the 1970s?

  • temper plastic
  • temper foam
  • temper glass

Temper foam can return to its original shape after what percentage of compression?

  • 70 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 90 percent

Which NASA office oversees the Technology Transfer program?

  • Office of the Chief Technologist
  • Office of Technology Release
  • Office of Technology Sharing

Which NASA publication features successful Technology Transfer projects?

  • Takeoff
  • Blast Off
  • Spinoff

Which household product was the result of a NASA-sponsored project for the Apollo program?

  • restroom hand dryers
  • portable cordless vacuums
  • zero gravity ink pens

NASA developed food freeze-drying technology for which space mission program?

  • Apollo
  • Mercury
  • Gemini

True or false: A NASA contract with Marietta Laboratories led to nutritional supplements in baby formula.

  • true
  • false

PRP is a commercially available product that uses NASA-developed technology to remove petroleum pollutants from water. What does PRP stand for?

  • Petroleum Recycling Pellets
  • Petroleum Remediation Product
  • Petroleum Reclamation Process

Which NASA-inspired sports equipment helped win a majority of medals at the 2008 Olympics before being banned from competition?

  • aerodynamic cycling helmets
  • lightweight running shoes
  • ribbed swimsuits

Which consumer product is made from a NASA-invented translucent ceramic material used in missile tracking devices?

  • automotive paint
  • invisible braces
  • contact lenses

Why did NASA originally use light-emitting diode (LED) chips?

  • growing plants
  • measuring distances
  • testing astronaut reflexes

What feature of eyeglasses is the result of a NASA invention?

  • lighter lenses
  • stronger frames
  • scratch-resistant coating

Why did NASA invent treadmill exercise machines for use in space?

  • to keep astronauts warm
  • to decrease muscle loss
  • to power scientific equipment

What is the name of the deicing product collaboratively developed by NASA and Kelly Aerospace?

  • Thermawing
  • Wing Heater
  • Heating Edge

Which medical implants were invented in the 1970s by the NASA engineer Adam Kissiah Jr.?

  • corneal implants
  • retinal implants
  • cochlear implants

What lifesaving process did NASA and Thiokol Propulsion develop by using surplus rocket fuel?

  • extinguishing chemical fires
  • land mine removal
  • converting rocket fuel into heating oil

True or false: The hook and loop fastener Velcro was invented by NASA.

  • true
  • false

Which existing device did NASA redesign and perfect in the 1970s for use on the first U.S. space station, Skylab?

  • smoke detector
  • fire extinguisher
  • carbon dioxide filter

The use of NASA space robotics technology has made advancements to which consumer equipment possible?

  • artificial limbs
  • scuba diving gear
  • firefighting equipment

The development of single-crystal silicon solar cells was the result of which NASA program?

  • Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment
  • Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology
  • Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Which company worked with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab to invent the infrared ear thermometer?

  • Baxter
  • Medtronic
  • Diatek

NASA researchers working on the Mars Viking spacecraft made the treatment of which disease more manageable?

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • diabetes mellitus

Which computerized process now used in the medical field was invented by NASA for the Apollo lunar landing program?

  • digital image processing
  • computerized tomography
  • magnetic resonance imaging

How many highway accidents are prevented as a result of safety grooving, which was invented by NASA?

  • 65 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 85 percent

A lightweight breathing system for firefighters was designed by NASA using an aluminum composite, but what equipment was the composite originally used on?

  • rocket casings
  • space shuttle doors
  • lunar rover

True or false: NASA invented Teflon, which is used in heat shields and space suits.

  • true
  • false

A collaboration between NASA, leading cardiac surgeons and MicroMed Technology Inc. resulted in the creation of a lifesaving device called VAD, which stands for what?

  • variable ambulatory defibrillator
  • ventricular assist device
  • valve activated device