Space-inspired Innovations: The NASA Inventions Quiz
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?
True or false: NASA invented Tang, a powdered orange drink mix for astronauts to consume during space flights.
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?
- Blast Off
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?
True or false: A NASA contract with Marietta Laboratories led to nutritional supplements in baby formula.
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?
- 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.
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?
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.
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