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Of the list below - which one do you think is an invention from NASA that we use today?


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  • How Lunar Landings Work
    People around the world watched as Neil Armstrong touched the moon and declared, "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." But how did we put a man on the moon?
  • What if an astronaut went on a space walk without wearing a space suit?
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    Blasting a spacecraft into space is one thing. Bringing it back in one piece is another. Spacecraft are likely to burn up into bits if they aren't specially insulated and designed for the ride.

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