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  • Hey there, Welcome to Life Noggin.

  • Space travel has given us a lot more than just some pretty pictures of Mars and a few footprints on the moon.

  • It's taught us so much about the universe, shifted our perspective and changed how we live here on Earth.

  • But what if we never traveled to space?

  • You may not realize it but there's a lot of things we use in our day to day lives that might not be around if we hadn't ventured out into the unknown.

  • There's one set of pretty basic space tech that we definitely take for granted here on Earth.

  • Satellites.

  • The area surrounding Earth is full of satellites from various space agencies like NASA, JAXA and the ESA.

  • These under-appreciated heroes give us GPS navigation, more detailed storm warnings and cosmic weather forecasts.

  • GPS relies on real-time satellite data that streams down to GPS receivers.

  • No satellites, no GPS.

  • Imagine having to use maps to get around!

  • Maps, real maps!

  • No thank you.

  • In a world without satellites, a lot of extreme storms like hurricanes and tornadoes wouldn't be forecast at all!

  • They'd just come out of nowhere, taking unsuspecting lives and causing more damage to unprepared areas.

  • Without satellites, we wouldn't be ready for geomagnetic storms either.

  • These are when radiation from the sun hurdles towards Earth threatening our global electrical power systems.

  • Satellites send storm warnings to Earth, allowing the electric power industry to prepare and avoid massive outages.

  • In just 3 years, these warnings are estimated to have saved about $450 million.

  • If we never sent those satellites up there, you'd be in for a lot of candlelit, no-wifi nights.

  • Without advances made in the space industry, air travel would be more time-consuming and more expensive too.

  • NASA created the backbone of modern air traffic control, and without it, you'd better believe it'd take us even longer to get up into the sky.

  • Plus, NASA engineers figured out that turning the tips of the plane wings upward reduces drag, saving airlines billions in fuel costs Without these advances, saving billions in fuel costs.

  • We can also thank space travel for countless breakthroughs in the field of medicine.

  • JPL, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, played a lead role in developing the digital imaging technology that's now used for CAT scans and radiography!

  • So many illnesses and broken bones would go undiagnosed without this tech!

  • You know that memory foam mattress you sleep on?

  • You got that thanks to NASA's advances in space travel!

  • Wireless headphones?

  • NASA.

  • Tech to ensure clean drinking water?

  • ESA.

  • Safe land mine removal?

  • ESA & NASA.

  • Futuristic self-driving tractors?

  • NASA.

  • Space travel obviously hasn't just given us these life-changing inventions.

  • It's taught us so much about space, like that the universe is expanding, that it's 14 billion years old, and about what it looked like 10 billion years ago.

  • It's taught us so much about our planet too, like the long-term implications of global warming, changing ocean and weather patterns, and our atmosphere.

  • Space travel has done even more than all that.

  • It's changed our perspective of our planet, our universe and for many of us, our perspective on life itself.

  • Space travel feeds the curiosity of so many of us stuck here on Earth.

  • Making us question what else is out there, are we alone and if not, when will we meet them?

  • Space travel is crazy expensive and whether or not it's worth the money is heavily debated.

  • Do you think it's worth it?

  • Let us know in the comments.

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What If We Never Traveled To Space?

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    Samuel posted on 2018/02/20
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