July 4th aside, the month of July marks some significant milestones for the United States.
From a technology standpoint, one of the most significant events occurred on July 20, 1969, the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, had a significant impact then and in many unexpected ways are still positively impacting our lives today.
The amount of technology that went into getting a man to the moon is mind boggling. And over the decades since the lunar landing, much of that technology has been re-purposed in a number of commercial ways, to the benefit of us all.
Here are just a few examples of how:
- The material developed for moon boots "revolutionized athletic footwear". The material improves shock absorption and provides superior stability and motion control.
- Back in the day, Reliant Stadium in Houston was the first stadium with a retractable built with “spacesuit” material. The material is stronger than steel, but weighs less than 5 ounces per square foot. And its translucency allows the stadium to have natural grass.
- Using a water circulation system to cool astronauts during launch, NASA’s cool suit technology is now being used by hazardous materials workers, firefighters and NASCAR drivers to name a few.
- On the more mundane side, technology developed by Black & Decker for a portable, self-contained drill for extracting core samples from the moon’s surface, led to the creation of the Dustbuster.
It has been 47 years since we put the first man on the moon. Where do you think technology will go in the next 47 years?
Source: NASA Facts - To read more about how technology developed by NASA is being used today . . .NASA Facts