You Probably Use Most Of These Things Every Day, and They Wouldn’t Exist Without NASA

Ear Thermometers

Remember when you were a kid and felt a little warmer than usual? Then came this little device that measured your body temperature. All it did was sit in your ear for a couple seconds and that was it. No more having to put a thermometer under your tongue or anywhere else ever again. That’s because NASA developed this type of thermometer using infrared astronomy technology. It was used to measure the amount of energy emitted by the ear drum.

What’s the Temperature on Mars? Before measuring the body temperature of people on Earth, the infrared astronomy technology was measuring the temperatures of the other planets in our solar system. All what it had to do was read the infrared radiation that was emitting from them.

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