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Super Bowl LIII: watch out for these NASA technologies in the big game



NASA technologies will be at stake at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

In a video posted on YouTube on Friday, NASA describes its role in the long-awaited game, from the development of the players' team to the infrastructure of the stadium. "NASA developed a variety of foams that absorb the blows that are used in helmets and pads to provide safety and comfort in the seats of commercial airlines," he explains in the video.

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"NASA also developed special materials to be used in Apollo space suits," the space agency added. "Now these fabrics have come down to Earth on the grid, opening their way to the retractable roof over the big game."

The Apollo link is particularly noteworthy given that on July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic landing of the Moon on Apollo 11.

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The NASA video is just one example of how football and space come together in preparation for Super Bowl LIII. Former Detroit Lions player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin was the special guest of "Moon to Mars" at the Super Bowl LIVE event at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta last week.

Melvin, a specialist in two missions on the space shuttle Atlantis, is the only person recruited in the NFL who has flown in space.

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The space also appears in the Amazon Super Bowl ad. Former NASA astronauts and twin brothers Scott and Mark Kelly make an appearance (along with Hollywood stars Harrison Ford and Forest Whitaker) in the announcement of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

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Scott Kelly became the first American to spend 12 consecutive months in space when he completed an epic 340-day season on the International Space Station in 2016. The astronaut performed hundreds of experiments during his nearly one year journey in space. The scientists also studied the differences between the astronaut and his twin brother, Mark, on Earth.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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