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30 NASA Innovations

Will Obama Merge NASA and the Pentagon?

— January 5, 2009 — Social Good
NASA has been at the forefront of some of our history's most important space and weather discoveries, so it's only natural that president-elect Obama and his transition team are discussing ways to better utilize NASA's resources.

One of the options Obama's team is exploring is a merger between the Pentagon's military space exploration program and NASA. "No one really has a firm idea what NASA's cost savings might be, but the military's launch vehicles are basically developed. You don't have to build them from scratch," says John Logsdon, a policy expert at the National Air and Space Museum, who has met with Obama's advisors.

Check out some of the NASA innovations we've featured at Trend Hunter below.
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Space Travel From Home
Space Travel From Home
NASA Offers Free Mission Visualization Software
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Nasal Spray Boosts Your Faith in Humanity
Nasal Spray Boosts Your Faith in Humanity
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Voting From Space
Voting From Space
NASA Gets Political
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Earthquake Detection via Satellite
Earthquake Detection via Satellite
NASA's Disaster Avoidance Plan
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Galactic Radio
Galactic Radio
NASA Broadcasts Beatles "Across the Universe"
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Sculpting with Moon Dust
Sculpting with Moon Dust
NASA's Lunar Telescope
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NASA Prepares for Mars Launch From Moon
NASA Prepares for Mars Launch From Moon
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Women in Space
Women in Space
NASA's Female Frontiers
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Selling Retired Space Shuttles
Selling Retired Space Shuttles
$48 Million Buys Old NASA Orbiters
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Dextre
Dextre
Nasa's Giant Fixing Robot
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Solar-Powered Satellites
Solar-Powered Satellites
National Space Society Calls for NASA Power Plant
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Star Wars Saber Bound For Space
Star Wars Saber Bound For Space
NASA To Take The Force
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NASA Releases Dazzling New Photographs of Saturn
NASA Releases Dazzling New Photographs of Saturn
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Galaxies Gone Wild
Galaxies Gone Wild
Breathtaking NASA Images to Celebrate 18th Anniversary of the Hubble
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NASA Recycles Pee
NASA Recycles Pee
ECLSS Saves Every Drop
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Live Solar Eclipses
Live Solar Eclipses
NASA TV & Exploratorium Coverage
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NASA's Dawn II Mission
NASA's Dawn II Mission
Vesta And Ceres
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Seniors Designing Moon Rockets
Seniors Designing Moon Rockets
NASA Jupiter Project
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Growing Fresh Veggies In Space
Growing Fresh Veggies In Space
AeroGrow On NASA Shuttle
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Speakers Inspired by NASA
Speakers Inspired by NASA
NACSound Sonance
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Visible Magnetic Fields
Visible Magnetic Fields
NASA's Magnetic Movie
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NASA's Experimental Air Crafts
NASA's Experimental Air Crafts
X-48B BWB
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NASA Treadmill Makes Exercise Easy
NASA Treadmill Makes Exercise Easy
Alter-G G-Trainer
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Suntography
Suntography
NASA Releases Stunning Sun Images
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Fire Photos From Space
Fire Photos From Space
NASA Satellite Returns Images of US Wildfires
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Sub-Zero Refrigerators
Sub-Zero Refrigerators
NASA Air Filteration Technology
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Fly Like A Bird
Fly Like A Bird
NASA's Latest Flight Project
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Spinning Cars
Spinning Cars
NASA Concept Can Drive Sideways
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Solved Mysteries
Solved Mysteries
Northern Lights Explained by NASA
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Storm Photography from Space
Storm Photography from Space
NASA Hurricane Imagery
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