Well, the space shuttle is about to launch (maybe tomorrow, after repeated delays). Engineers at NASA have apparently argued that the space shuttle is not ready for flight, even finding a problem on the fuel tank.
So, my question. Do you think NASA should end the space program?
Or should they end the current shuttle fleet and work towards something more flexible? The benefits of the space program are numerous, but are the costs worth it?
Here are a couple more NASA spinoffs:
POOL PURIFICATION – Space technology designed to sterilize water on long-duration spacecraft applied to swimming pool purification led to a system that uses two silver-copper alloy electrodes that generate silver and copper ions when an electric current passes through them to kill bacteria and algae without chemicals.
COOL SUIT – Custom-made suit derived from space suits circulates coolant through tubes to lower patient’s body/ temperature, producing dramatic improvement of symptoms of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other conditions.
BETTER BRAKES – New, high-temperature composite space materials provide for better brake linings. Applications includes trucks, industrial equipment and passenger cars.