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Technology since the Apollo 11 moon landing

The 20th July 2019, marked 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon and we heard those famous words ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

Since that landmark event, technology has evolved at an incredible rate. Did you know that your smartphone is millions of times more powerful than all of NASA’s computing in 1969?! That’s crazy, more powerful than all of the computers that guided humans 384,400km to the moon, AND BACK. Imagine how much power we could be holding in our hands 20 years from now?

Cordless technology was originally developed for NASA in order for them to take rock samples. from the moon. Before the moon landing, cordless technology didn’t exist – but without electric sockets on the moon, technology needed to evolve. This, in turn, has lead to lightweight batteries being developed which would go on to be used in hospitals to make operations safer and easier.

After the “moon boots” had been developed for astronauts to walk on the moon with stability, an Apollo engineer named ‘Al Gross’ realised the same design features could be applied to shoes on Earth. This development later lead to those famous cushioned trainers – Nike Airs.

It’s hard to believe that no one has returned to the moon since 1973, however our lives continue to be affected and improved by the moon landing and the technology developed to enable the mission to succeed.

Today, there is a new space race underway – with companies, countries and billionaires competing to be the first to make space travel, space tourism, commercial mining and living on other planets a reality.

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