NASA: Our Secret Gift

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NASA: Our Secret Gift For years NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has been the unfair target of many citizens and politicians. To the general public NASA is seen as a waste and squandering of taxpayer’s money. Many believe that NASA is long past its glory years of the Moon landing and that it is time to cut back, or completely eliminate federal funding for NASA. While on the surface it may seem that NASA really adds nothing to the general public, NASA’s gifts are incalculable and they can be seen everywhere in our day to day lives. Along with the tangible contributions that NASA has given, it has also added many intangibles that have changed the way people think about the universe and life itself. From acne treatments to food supplements, NASA has directly and indirectly revolutionized the way Americans live forever. It is in the best interest of the United States for NASA to continue to receive federal funding and it should not be disbanded because it has given birth to several important technological advances, it has helped us learn more about our universe and other planets, and it may someday lead us to the colonization of other planets. The first major area that NASA has had an impact on is the medical field. Since the health of those in outer space is a top priority, NASA has had many of its astronaut technologies transformed to be used in other ways, such as sports safety. NASA, along with the cooperation of John Hopkins University, developed an ingestible thermometer that was originally used to keep track of astronaut’s vital signs while they were working in space. After several years of the pill being in use in the space program, it was adopted by many NFL teams for use on the field, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Minnesota Vikings. The thermometer is used by field personnel to monitor player’s vital
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