NASA's Impact on Our Lives: A Look at Spinoff 2023

January 31,2023
Ann Harkey
Ann Harkey, NASA Spinoff
Communications Director
NASA Headquarters
Spinoff 2023 Cover

Greetings everyone! As the Communication Director of NASA's Spinoff publication, I am thrilled to announce that the latest edition is now available for your reading pleasure! This year's Spinoff is truly special, as it features dozens of new and innovative technologies that have come from NASA's groundbreaking work that are now making a huge impact on our lives.

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As the James Webb Space Telescope returns some of its first images, such as this alignment evaluation image, eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the telescope’s enormous mirrors. Credit: NASA

When we think of NASA, most of us imagine rockets, rovers, and astronauts exploring the depths of space. But the benefits of NASA's groundbreaking work go far beyond the stars. NASA's research and development have led to countless technologies and products that have improved our lives in countless ways. And this year's Spinoff is a testament to that fact.

From precision eye measurements to robots tough enough to withstand the harsh marine environment, the technologies in this edition are changing the way we live and work.

Take, for example, the eco-friendly food alternatives that have been developed as a result of NASA-funded research. These products are an alternative to meat and dairy products, and they offer a sustainable solution to the world's growing food demands.

Another exciting technology featured in this year's edition is the ventilators that were designed to meet the immediate needs of the pandemic. These ventilators are now produced and used worldwide, and they have helped save countless lives.

Nauticus Robotics’ Aquanaut robot can swim to a destination and carry out tasks with minimal supervision, saving money for offshore operations from oil wells and wind turbines to fish farms and more. Credit: Nauticus Robotics Inc.

Looking for a new way to teach coding? Well, the latest Spinoff has you covered there too. With virtual lesson plans that teach students how to write computer code using Moon rock data, NASA is helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. By incorporating cutting-edge technologies into the classroom, NASA is helping to give students the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

We’ve also included a story about robots that are supporting our ocean industries. From deep-sea exploration to oil and gas production, these robots are helping us better understand and utilize our oceans. With more than 70% of the Earth's surface covered by water, it's more important than ever to have the technology to explore and understand this vast and mysterious world. And NASA's innovations in this area are making a real difference.

The latest edition of NASA Spinoff is a must-read for anyone interested in the many ways that NASA's work is making a real difference in our world. So, if you're looking for a way to stay informed about the latest and greatest innovations from NASA, be sure to visit to download your digital copy of Spinoff 2023. I hope you enjoy this edition as much as our team has enjoyed putting it together.

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