It’s no secret that NASA’s sweet inventions often take on a life of their own. Since you (yes you, America!) pay for NASA’s genius, all those incredible innovations slide right past the patent process and into public domain, fair game for all to use. Of course, it’s not always so easy to harness NASA’s mind-blowingly complex and esoteric technology, yet individuals and companies do manage to bring NASA advanced materials into everyday life on a regular basis. In fact, NASA has an annual publication called Spinoff that documents those returns on our nation’s investment, showing exactly what your tax dollars bought you.
Many of NASA’s contributions are small developments that aid a larger device you use—the old CCD sensor in your camera, for instance—but there’s plenty of space tech you might just end up wearing on your person. Check out these five apparel applications of space tech made possible by our Aeronautics and Space Administration.