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What in the world is it?

Mystery Photo
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Credit: (NASA – Ames Research Center)

What In the World Is It?

A hand and shadow? Well, sort of. What you see here is a hand print in a new type of therapeutic foam which, thanks to NASA, has become available to consumers. Called by the general names of visco-elastic foam or memory foam, this type of foam was originally developed for astronauts undergoing the high pressure of G-force testing. The foam is a heat sensitive material that molds to the shape of your body. Researchers realized that this high density, temperature sensitive foam was ideal for relieving pressure on burn patients.

Since then, the foam has been used in many commercial therapeutic products including pillows and mattresses. The foam material was recently admitted into the U.S. Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame.


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