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Technology since the Apollo 11 moon landing
JULY 31, 2019
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.