David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington

Dec. 2, 2011
RELEASE : 11-400
Norah Jones, Astronaut Piers Sellers Featured in New NASA Spinoff Technology Public Service Announcements
WASHINGTON -- Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by NASA for space exploration and then adapted or enhanced for use here on Earth. This includes many technologies used in schools, homes, cars, computers and industry.

Singer Norah Jones and NASA Astronaut Piers Sellers talk 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 available on NASA's website.

The duo concentrate on NASA technology that increases production and use of clean energy, fuel efficiency, reduction of carbon footprints, and the study and understanding of climate change.

Also, this year in the holiday movie release "Arthur Christmas," Santa's North Pole turns to technology to deliver billions of gifts around the world. Run by thousands of computer-savvy elves, the North Pole uses NASA-style technology to track gifts being delivered by Santa's high-speed S-1, a giant spacecraft in the shape of a sleigh.

"NASA provides industry and innovators with opportunities to bring technology initially developed for space to consumers around the world," said Daniel Lockney, program executive for technology transfer at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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

To view the Jones-Sellers and "Arthur Christmas" public service announcements, visit:

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

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