Why There’s a Bit of the Space Coast Everywhere Around the World
By Space Coast Daily // May 13, 2020
Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have been an inspiration for more than a nickname. Yes, we’re known affectionately as the Space Coast because of these great American institutions, but that’s not the end of it.
Outside of Florida and around the world at large, the US space program has revolutionized countless industries and changed lives for the better. In essence, everywhere has a little bit of the Space Coast vibe.
For example, the water many of us drink today has been cleaned by NASA. Not directly, obviously. However, modern water purification systems are directly linked to the work of NASA engineers from the 1960s.
As part of the effort to put man on the moon and keep people in space for any length of time, water purification was a priority. Indeed, with no fresh supply, astronauts needed a way to make use of their limited suppliers.
NASA Has Made Our Lives Better
As a result of this need for safe drinking water, NASA created an electrolytic silver iodizer. This device purified the water and, in turn, formed the base of what commercial filters would become.
It’s a similar story with many of today’s leading products. The wireless Beats or Bose headphones people wear around their necks on the subway, they’re linked to NASA too.
With space at a premium and communication paramount, the space agency tasked engineers with creating hands-free headsets.
Eventually, it was United Airlines pilot Courtney Graham that got the ball rolling. He floated an idea for a lightweight headset using acoustic tubes and transducers (like a hearing aid). The product was eventually used in aviation before NASA got on board and refined its design so that it was suitable for space.
The end result was a wireless headset long before Bluetooth technology was invented. The influences of NASA and space don’t stop there.
Look at the entertainment industry and you’ll see plenty of creations that have either been inspired, by or are a direct result of NASA’s influence.
We All Love the Wonder of Space
For instance, if you play live casino games online, space-inspired motifs and gaming aesthetics have always proved popular. Alongside slots like Starburst, you’ve got games such as Lightning Roulette. These live-action offerings have a real celestial feel to them.
From the black backgrounds pierced by flashes of light to the almost futuristic set, there’s a real space vibe when you play these types of live casino games. Looking further out into the gaming galaxy, there’s Stellaris, Outer Wilds, and more. With virtual reality (VR) technology added more depth to these games, gamers can almost touch the stars.
Finally, we’ve got the movie business. Interstellar changed the game in 2014, and now Tom Cruise is looking to take space movies to the next level. According to recent reports, Cruise is working with NASA to shoot a movie onboard the International Space Station.
The project will not only be a first for the movie industry but, according to NASA, inspire the next generation of space fans. The details are yet to be finalized. However, it’s yet another example of how there’s a bit of the Space Coast influence everywhere, and that’s something we should all be proud of.
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