Last week, the International Space Station received a very special delivery: 12 bottles of red Bordeaux wine from France. But no, the astronauts who signed for it aren’t planning to host a tasteful cocktail party in zero-gravity. Unfortunately for them—but very fortunately for us—the wine was sent up by Space Cargo Unlimited, a European startup that hopes to study the effects of space-aging on vino in order to produce new flavors and varieties for those of us back on Earth.
While the potential for “space wine” finally sounds like one of the futuristic innovations we were promised in sci-fi flicks growing up, this is hardly the first time that space travel has been tapped to make giant leaps in mankind’s manufacturing process. We might not have flying cars, but you’d be surprised to learn that NASA originally developed many of the products you use every day.
Read on for ten common items and inventions that prove we’ve been living in the future all along.