Photos: NASA's space age tech that we use every day

Aerodynamic trucks

Trucks - the lifeblood of the modern consumer economy - are able to transport goods to and fro more cheaply thanks to NASA research.

The streamlined contours of modern lorries have been shaped by NASA research into vehicle aerodynamics. NASA estimates its contributions to truck design have reduced fuel consumption by as much as 6,800 gallons per year for the average vehicle.

Image: NASA

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.