Tang, Teflon, Velcro?What about Tang, Teflon, or Velcro?
These three products (and others, like magnetic resonance imaging) were around at the time of the space program, and were not invented, or inspired, by the space program. NASA says Tang, invented by General Foods in 1957, was used by John Glenn in 1962 when performing eating experiments in orbit. Teflon, material invented for DuPont in 1938, was used by NASA for heat shields, space suits and cargo hold liners, the agency says. And Velcro, invented by the Swiss in 1940s, was also used by NASA to anchor equipment for zero-gravity environments. Source: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/spinfaq.htm