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Q. How has NASA benefited the United States?
Q. Where can I obtain information about NASA "cool suits?"


Q. How has NASA benefited the United States?
A. NASA has the smallest budget of the major agencies in the federal government -- less than 1 percent since 1977. But even with that relatively small budget, NASA has expanded human knowledge through a program of exploration and discovery.

Virtually every aircraft utilizes technology pioneered by NASA. Aeronautics is one of the nation's strongest industries, employing almost one million Americans. The U.S. aerospace industry generates over $40 billion in annual exports and $30 billion in positive balance of trade each year. New industries have been built on space technology, including personal computers, advanced medical equipment, communications satellites, weather forecasting and natural resource mapping.

NASA's high-technology research and development generates jobs, the demands for goods and services, and new technologies in the private sector. Many NASA technologies contribute to research in education, transportation, pollution control, rain forest protection and health care.

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Q. Where can I obtain information about NASA "cool suits?"
A. NASA's "cool suits" have improved the lives of people suffering from Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED), Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) (or Sun and Light Reaction Syndrome), and related disorders that affect the body's ability to cool itself.

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