Technology: Space Magic in the Marketplace

From drugs to golf carts, house paint to brassieres, the space age is beginning to produce some down-to-earth byproducts for U.S. business. Just as the necessities of World War II led to such lasting innovations as the jet plane and the aerosol spray, the $5 billion-a-year exploration of space has started a beneficent fallout of commercial products and processes that promises profound effects on the economy and on U.S. life.

Whale of a Plane. Enough space-inspired products have already reached the marketplace to prove that every tax dollar invested in space will...

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