It's been 40 years since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched into space in Apollo 11, with the historic moon landing occurring four days later exactly 40 years ago today. Here are our favourite technologies inspired by the space programme.
Fluid recycling: Kidney dialysis machines now use a process created for NASA that helps remove toxic waste from used fluids. The process helps save electricity and eliminates the need for a continuous water supply, providing greater freedom for patients.
Exercise equipment: Prolonged exposure to the microgravity environment of space led to research on "cardiovascular deconditioning", the potential deterioration of an astronaut's cardiovascular system.
This led to the development of the "horizontal trampoline" (the Shuttle 2000-1), which is now being used by sports teams and medical rehabilitation centers. The equipment promotes cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength through closed-chain kinetic and plyometric exercises.
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