NASA Spinoff

Health and Medicine

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On Earth, gravity can cause a lot of stress to a person’s bones and muscles, whether the stress is caused by running a marathon or...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In January 2009, birds struck the engines of US Airways Flight 1549 and forced an emergency landing into the Hudson River. Everyone on...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Beginning in 1985, a team of engineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore began developing software to manage various...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Web-Based Programs Assess Cognitive Fitness

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Astronauts, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers, shift workers, and mountain climbers have something in common: All are at risk for...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Electrolyte Concentrates Treat Dehydration

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For astronauts returning to Earth, adjusting to full gravity can be just as demanding as any of the challenges they faced in space. While...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Since the earliest missions in space, NASA specialists have performed experiments in low gravity. Protein crystal...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

“Dentists,” comedian Bill Cosby memorably mused, “tell you not to pick your teeth with any sharp metal object. Then...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Who would have thought that stargazing in the 1980s would lead to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren seeing more clearly today?...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Robotic Joints Support Horses and Humans

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A rehabilitative device first featured in Spinoff 2003 is not only helping human patients regain the ability to walk, but is now helping our...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Lockable Knee Brace Speeds Rehabilitation

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Marshall Space Flight Center develops key transportation and propulsion technologies for the Space Agency. The Center manages...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Langley Research Center’s Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) was discovered by accident. While researching resins and adhesives for advanced...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
LED Device Illuminates New Path to Healing

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Among NASA’s research goals is increased understanding of factors affecting plant growth, including the effects of...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Water, essential to sustaining life on Earth, is that much more highly prized in the unforgiving realm of space travel and...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Developed by Dr. James Tilton, a computer engineer with Goddard Space Flight Center's Computational and Information Sciences and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

How does life begin and evolve? Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond?

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When the U.S. Congress created NASA in 1958, it sought to ensure that the Nation saw returns on its investments in aerospace...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Neuropsychology is the study of how the brain relates to behavior, emotion, and cognition. Clinical neuropsychologists...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For decades now, NASA has been sending spacecraft throughout the galaxy. Once in the cosmos, these crafts use advanced cameras to create...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Circulation-Enhancing Device Improves CPR

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Ever stand up too quickly from a sitting or lying position and feel dizzy or disoriented for a brief moment? The downward push of Earth's gravity...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
The Right Track for Vision Correction

More and more people are putting away their eye-glasses and contact lenses as a result of laser vision correction surgery. LASIK, the most widely performed version of this surgical procedure,...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
A Look From The Inside

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given the world amazing images of the distant stars, planets, and galaxies. The cutting-edge imaging technology that enhances the...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Segmenting Images For A Better Diagnosis

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Originally conceived for use in terrestrial remote sensing applications, NASA's Hierarchical Segmentation (HSEG) software has found its way into a...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
'Contact' In Space Leads To New Lenses

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While gravity has its advantages in keeping us balanced and grounded here on Earth, scientists often find that they are at a disadvantage when trying...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Settling The Score With Heart Disease

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Technology and medicine forged a bond in 1986 when a group of dedicated NASA scientists, University of Southern California (USC) medical professors,...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Freeing Water From Viruses And Bacteria

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Four years ago, Argonide Corporation, a company focused on the research, production, and marketing of specialty nano materials, was seeking to...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
A Bright Idea For The Eye

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Throughout its existence, NASA has made many amazing discoveries in the field of optics that have led to improved eye care and eye wear applications on Earth....

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Gearing Up For The Big Game And More

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Honored as an inductee of the U.S. Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame and recognized by the American Astronautical Society as "one of the...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Discovering New Drugs on the Cellular Level

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

With the Vision for Space Exploration calling for a sustained human presence in space, astronauts will need to grow plants, while in orbit, for...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Lighting the Way for Quicker, Safer Healing

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Who's to say that a little light can't go a long way? Tiny light-emitting diode (LED) chips used to grow plants in space are lighting the way...