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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Narrates New NASA Spinoff Technology Public Service Announcement

David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington

WASHINGTON -- Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by NASA for space exploration and adapted or enhanced for use here on Earth. This includes many technologies used in schools, homes, cars, computers and industry.

Musician talks about how some of the agency's outstanding accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth in a new public service announcement made available Wednesday on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The artist concentrates on NASA technologies that help increase production of clean water, provide remote medical care and solar electricity for refrigeration, and space technology that keeps food fresh during its trip from field to market.

In addition to, singer Norah Jones and Astronaut Piers Sellers, along with characters from the holiday movie "Arthur Christmas," have appeared in recent videos telling audiences how NASA Spinoffs benefit life here on Earth today.

"NASA's technologies don't just go into space," said Daniel Lockney, program executive for technology transfer at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "They work for us here on Earth, solving everyday problems -- saving lives, creating jobs and making our lives better.

To view the and other public service announcements, visit

Hundreds of examples of NASA spinoff technologies and innovations adapted for use in our everyday lives appear on NASA's Spinoff website at

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit

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