The space program created cutting-edge technology in an effort to get as much as they can while exploring space. JPL developed digital image processing in the late 1960s. This led to the Ranger spacecraft’s analog signals to convert digital images using computer enhancements. The Ranger was designed to take high-quality pictures of the moon and relay them back to earth in real-time.
This type of technology was used to determine where on the moon the Apollo 11 crew would land. This was not the first time this kind of technology was used. In 1965, the Mariner 4 probe was sent to Mars and was the first to take high-quality pictures that were quickly transmitted back to Earth. Years later, the same technology would be used to see what goes on inside a patient’s head (in terms of brain tumors or anything neurological). That’s one small step for space exploration and one giant leap into advanced medical technology.
Dr. Hubble, I presume: A lot of medical technology has been developed by NASA in some way, shape or form. For example, digital imaging for a biopsy system to catch and treat breast cancer is used from the same technology that powers the Hubble Space Telescope.