A Bonafide Space Race, and 10 Things That Came From NASA

September 19, 2022

STEVE 

So the brain implant thing, Um, the brain implant thing. I had a friend that sent me an article on it and he was asking some questions. I’m like, don’t you watch sci-fi movies? It’s called Cerebro. Everything comes to fruition. That’s in a scifi movie.  Star Trek and all of ’em. 

MARLO

So I haven’t seen this particular article you’re talking about. Is that the one where they’ll be able to fly aircraft and things or because you can think a thought and it’ll actually do it

STEVE

Now here’s the geopolitical side of this, in the past. Cause there’s a lot of different directions you can take that,  I mean, you can genetically engineer soldiers for quicker response. We’re probably gonna get fighter jets that don’t have people. 

So we’re talking about space, and the Elon Musk thing. It brings up a bunch and I mean, a bunch of different social norms and, and questions. And just so the friend of mine was like, well, you know, if you think about it, Cerebro. Things come from sci-fi movies, but there’s a nefarious side and there’s an opportunity to do a lot of good stuff.

This is back to the political science social stuff. In the past, if you were gonna do some research like this, it would’ve come out as a medical study because you’re going to help stroke victims or people with brain injuries and, and they would do it. There’s none of that. None of that. This time we’re gonna do this cuz we’re gonna try to improve people, do you get the difference? But 10 years ago, seven years ago, it would’ve been under the guise of something medical. We’re gonna improve people’s lives that way.Something culturally has changed where, okay. 

We’re not gonna put this veil on it. We’re just gonna, no, we’re gonna, we’re gonna improve people. . So that’s a big leap. We’re gonna give you the warm, fuzzy side.  

MARLO

So this is amazing too. There’s a device that has come out very similar to what you’re talking about. What’s the name of the movie? Cerebro? I’ve never seen the movie really. What movies is it from?

STEVE

Yeah. With Wolverine and—

MARLO

Oh, so I’ve never been a big fan of those 

STEVE

Really? 

MARLO

You’re talking about Patrick Stewart and that was the device he put on his head. You know, I’m a big fan of his because of Star Trek, but I’ve never got into that. I can’t remember the name of the movies. 

So you’re paralyzed, right? And there’s now a device that’s coming out. That’s very much like Bluetooth where your back has been broken. It can actually, you put this device on both sides of where the break is at and it will communicate, the spine will communicate with each other again, really? 

STEVE

Okay. The Bluetooth thing is that’s legitimate medical. That would be a huge breakthrough. 

MARLO

Uh, this, this device that’s just coming out and, and, uh, I think we’ll give a lot of hope to a lot of people in the world too. So anyway, wow. So Artemis – the ship’s name is Orion, uh, but there was Apollo one, Apollo 11, Apollo 13, of course. so next one will be Artemis two, Artemis three. 

STEVE

So we’re talking sci-fi stuff, I think automatically Men in Black. And the thing to save the world was on Orion’s bells. 

MARLO

That’s correct. 

STEVE

And then you start talking Artemis, which was a very bad Will Smith movie.

MARLO

Artemis launches on Monday. We will be, if, if everything goes, according to plan, we’ll be in, will be in space for 42 days. We’re, we’re gonna be out there for 42. And, and this is so 1970s, but we’re gonna be splashing down in the Pacific. And I’m sure, I’m sure Elon is thinking what, why aren’t they just landing on a pad somewhere?

So after this is done, we will be cleared to go to space in the Artemis, or we’ll be cleared to go to the moon in the Artemis with man. Spacecraft So the Artis two will be cleared. If this goes, according to plan Artis, two will be cleared to take people to the moon. We probably haven’t had a sensor ray ever. Like what’s gonna be going around the moon now on, especially the dark side, 

STEVE

The dark side’s been rather, yeah. Dark, not a lot of information about it, but I’m wondering because there were some rumors earlier this year floating around. The Chinese doing some stuff on the dark side of the moon and some say that they want to claim it. So is that the impetus for this? Do you think? Has this fired up the program going, whoa, wait a minute. We need to find out what they’re doing over there on the dark side of the moon. And we need to plant another flag. 

MARLO

I think. I think all of the above. But there’s a lot of talk about, uh, um, that, that a country is going to claim it, we have a bonafide space race going on again, and it’s not just between countries. It’s between. Public and private sector as well. So I mean, there’s, you know, there’s Space X there’s, Virgin there’s. There’s oh, blue space blue, uh, with Amazon. But we have this, we, this race going on. Uh, and a lot of it is to it. It’s basically a race to Mars because, 

STEVE

Well, that’s the end game.

MARLO

That is the end game. 

STEVE

I’ll be able to count all the little Chinese at the secret base. 

MARLO

So it’s interesting. Right. Um, so yeah, that would be fun. I would love to see the text. 

STEVE

But now you gotta remember it, it, it, it, there could be something going on with Chinese there’s a bigger picture involved with going to the moon. So the moon is needed as a jump off point, whether it’s for exploration or for a manned mission, um, or. stockpiling for building supplies because the mission is to get to Mars and, and then after Mars—

MARLO

it just makes the most sense. We would have to probably build some type of major space station, so, so there’s, there’s been that talk, but most people talk about building some type of livable facility on the moon. And that will be the jump off point to go to Mars eventually. I’m , I’m just thinking about, uh, you know, the job that it creates, right? So you’re, you’re the person, your job is to bring supplies to the moon. So every week you kiss your significant other goodbye, and I’ll see you in a week, honey, 

STEVE

How the heck is that gonna work? 

MARLO

Can you imagine what this is gonna be like? Right. So it’s funny. 

STEVE

Oh, instead of a CDL, you need a what?

MARLO

What kinda license do I need to go to the moon with? Yeah. So there’s space tourism. And there’s a couple of companies and hotel chains that are actually looking at putting a hotel in space that will actually float around the earth. These are all things being planned right now. 

STEVE

I’d do that in a heartbeat. 

MARLO

I would do it too. I mean, I’m not gonna get to space as an astronaut, I’m guessing or as a passenger, but I think if I could buy a ticket, you know, and then floating, you know, go to go. Star Trek is just crazy with the stuff that’s come from those movies, 

STEVE

But go back, go back even further. Forbidden planet. Sci-fi ish technology that was like, wow, that’s really cool in a movie. 

MARLO

Somebody dreamed about it. And some engineer takes a look at that movie and they’re like, I could, that’s possible. Yeah. Let’s make that happen. 

STEVE

The Musk can help. 

MARLO

That’s what I’ve heard.

I’m gonna go through the top 10 inventions that have come out of NASA.And by the way, it’s only the top 10. You’d be stunned. There are hundreds and hundreds down there. 

I think we’ve been out there for a while. 

It’s been a while. So this should be. All right. So the top 10. Memory foam so memory foam in the early 1960s, the aeronautical engineer named Charles Yost worked on technology designed to make sure that the Apollo command module and its astronauts could be recovered safely after landing.

That experience came in handy four years later, when Yost was tapped to help NASA’s, uh, research center developed airplane seating that could absorb the energy of crashes and increased passengers, chances of survival. And that has turned into memory foam, which we all use in love. Memory foam came from NASA. 

Anti-corrosion coatings. One challenge with space exploration is that equipment must withstand radical conditions from the heat of rocket exhaust to extreme cold in.

Arterial vision came from NASA. The ability to look in your arteries, you know, like with, see if you have plaque building up in them or whatever came from NASA. So the result was arterial. vision software can be used with ultrasound equipment to perform a noninvasive examination of a patient.

Cochlear implants for the hearing impair. That one from NASA in the late seventies,  coco implants for the hearing impaired. And that has changed the lives of so many people. I know a couple people who have the implants. 

So this one is interesting. Scratch resistant, eyeglass lenses. This is important because in 1972, the FDA.  uh, declared that all sunglasses and prescription lenses be shatter resistant. So until that time eyeglasses were glass.  What would happen is if they were to break, shards of glass would end up in your eyes, right? So it was a significant health hazard to have eyeglasses on at the time. We don’t even think about it anymore.So there you go. So you can thank, thank all the eyeglasses that we wear nowadays to, um, to NASA. 

The thick solution called emulsified zero balance. Iron can be injected into the groundwater where it neutralizes toxic chemicals that pose a threat to the environment. The technology transitioned easily into commercial markets with chemical manufacturing, oil companies purchasing the solution to remediate land contaminated with toxic matter from their businesses.

So they developed a pump. Uh, insulin dependent diabetes also known as type one, uh, diabetes result of technology known today as an insulin pump has helped monitor the health of people living with diabetes since the late eighties. Next is life shears—

STEVE

Like the jaws of life. 

MARLO

That’s correct. 

And so NASA had to develop a way to, in case of crashes or whatever, because you’re dealing with mangled much mangled, more, probably sold in a car crash. Right? So the jaws of life came along because of it in 1994, a type of cutting equipment that comes in handy during emergency and rescue situations.

The LASIK surgery. Technology used to track astronauts eyes during periods in space, in order to assess how humans frames of reference are affected by weightlessness has become essential for use during LASIK surgery.

This is a big one. Solar cells out of need to power space missions. Their biggest invention by the way that they claim is water filtration.  oh yeah. So water filtration in the seventies, NASA developed filtration systems that utilize I iodine and cartridge filters to ensure that astronauts had access to safe tasteless water. The filtering technology is now standard across the world. 

Wireless headsets. Along with two airline pilots who invented a prototype of a wireless headset, NASA built a light hands, free communication system, which would allow astronauts to communicate with teams on earth. There’s, there’s so many ways that you can make a wireless headset. Now, Bluetooth just happens to be the most popular. 

The big one I wanted to get to is the phone or our cameras and our phones. Isn’t this something. So in the 1990s, NASA jet propulsion laboratory meant to delight miniature imaging system that required little energy in order to take high quality photographs from space. This technology has become standard in cell phone and computer cameras. 

STEVE

Amazing. We talked about that before, you know, take your cell phone camera and take a picture of the night sky. The resolution is amazing.

MARLO

So here’s a couple other ones real quick 3d food print. So they’re coming up with cartridges that you pop the cartridge in and then you program it to, you know, be like an orange paste or whatever it is for a dessert. And it will actually create that.

Computer mouse. Was invented by NASA really while searching for a way to increase interaction with onboard computers and allow users to perform tasks like manipulate data,  

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