On Space Pens, Microwave Ovens, Velcro, and MiGs...
Okay, I should have started here instead of hijacking that other fine thread, but here we go. This is where we discuss the truth about all the things we were told we got out of the space race.
Three things I know of that we have all been led to believe were the result of NASA spending vast amounts of time and money developing things for the sake of space travel:
1) Space pens.
2) Microwave ovens.
And one thing sort of related that I've just always wondered if any of it is really true or not:
The story goes that the Russian MiG is powered by a computer system composed of vacuum tubes. The Americans used this to point out how backward the Russians were. The Russians intentionally designed it this way so that the MiG wouldn't fall out of the sky as the result of an EMP blast from a nuclear weapon detonation.
As for Space Pens, Microwave ovens, and Velcro, I think I know the whole story behind these things. Actually, I know more about the Microwave oven bit than most, and I wonder if you couldn't credit cooking with radio waves much earlier than the RADAR experiments with the exploding eggs.
But the whole issue with the MiG, I don't actually know anything about, other than that rumour.
And, I think there are other such space-race rumours.
Life should be a poetry: a pretty, pretty tree.
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