What's NASA done for me lately?
NASA- someone says NASA and you picture astronauts, vivid images brought to you by the Hubble Telescope, rocket launches.... you may also remember the destruction of space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, the failed Apollo mission, and million dollar satellites that failed to respond to commands from Earth.
I want to take a moment to thank NASA for making my life simpler. Here's a list of items that I can't live without, but don't get much publicity for being associated with the space agency:
the microwave (I'd starve without mine)
smart appliances like automatic coffee makers, blood pressure monitors, and any modern electronic home wiring
wireless tools (phones, drills, dust busters, etc.etc.)
the VCR, CDs, DVDs
miniature electronics components (for cameras, cars, pacemakers, teeny tiny cellphones, PDAs, etc.)
my remote controls (and for you Game Cube players - the joysticks)
the GPS system
DirecTV and other TV dishes
equipment used by fire fighters
lasers (now used in laser angioplasty and vision corrective surgery)
advanced fabrics (like heat resistant, fire-resistant nonwoven materials)
advanced plastics (used in everything from medical equipment to GLAD food containers)
advanced robotics (some modified to improve mobility for people with disabilities)
For all this and so much more, thank you NASA!