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    What Space Expeditions have Accomplished for Us Earthlings

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    Astronaut in outer space

    Much has been achieved since the first space missions. Home insulation now makes use of the same reflective materials that were developed to protect spacecraft from radiation.

    Key takeaways:

    • Invisible dental braces were an invention of space programs. The transparent ceramic brace brackets make teeth-straightening less embarrassing.
    • Space programs have pioneered technologies such as medical imaging such as the computed axial tomography (CAT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners.
    • Ear thermometers were developed and first used by space scientists. It is a camera-like lens that detects infrared energy emitted as heat.

    Freeze-dried food – this reduces food weight and increases shelf life without sacrificing nutritional value, a vital invention to allow astronauts to survive in space. Its spin-offs, from freeze-dried fruit and vegetables to ready meals, can be found in any supermarket.

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    Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012

    Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.