12 Everyday Items You Didn’t Know NASA Invented

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6. Speedo LZR Swimsuit

Speedo LZR swimsuit

The Speedo swimsuit worn by many Olympic medal winners was tested by the Langley Research Center in 2008. NASA tested the materials and seams in their wind tunnel for drag, and the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit was born. That Olympic year, numerous swimmers won medals!

5. Air Purifiers for Plants

NASA air purifier

NASA’s scientists developed an ethylene scrubber for the Internal Space Station. This was because the plants in their closed-off environment were releasing a built-up gas.

They needed to purify the air while helping to keep the plants fresh. The same technology is now popular in many places to keep plants fresh and help grocers keep their produce fresher for longer periods.