Not many humans ride in rocket ships, but all of us have benefited from the technology created to get the lucky few into orbit and beyond. We see space innovations in everything from sensors created for the Space Shuttle that alert drivers to flat tires to battery innovations that could power all-electric aircraft. Also in this section is software that helps design airplanes—and lawnmowers—and new developments in aerogel technology that could soon serve as a lighter-weight substitute for plastic in cars and planes.


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