ONE SMALL Step for man, one GIANT leap for mankind.
That was the buzzword in July 1969, when the Apollo lunar module Eagle touched down on the Moon, and Neil Armstrong took the first ‘giant leap for mankind’ onto the alien surface.
The impacts of this historic achievement are, of course, still felt today – some in more ways than you realise.
Naturally, NASA needed a whole lot of technology to get humankind to the Moon and back. You’d never have thought it, but some of these technological advancements – which succeeded in putting a man on the Moon – are actually present in your everyday life even now, 50 years later.
We’ve done the research and picked out five NASA technologies used in the Moon landing that are still prevalent today.
A midsole designed to improve durability and stability in the extravehicular overshoe and other parts of NASA’s space suits continues to be used in athletic footwear.
NASA needed an advanced drill motor capable of delivering the same, high-powered performance with a smaller, lighter design and a longer-lasting battery life. Black & Decker was contracted to develop the required motor for Apollo Lunar Surface Drill (ALSD), and went on to use the same motor design to create the famous Dustbuster among other battery-powered tools.
The material used in space blankets comes directly from the Apollo lunar landing modules, including the Apollo 11 Eagle, themselves, where it was used to protect astronauts from temperature extremes in space.
A fire-proof fibre material developed by NASA contractors in the wake of the 1967 Apollo 1 fire is now protecting firefighters from the dangers that come with their job.
After working with NASA during the Apollo missions on dampers (shock-isolating devices) for the arms on launch pad service towers, Taylor Devices Inc. began developing a new type of damper, which was then used in subsequent NASA launches. Today this technology is used in seismic shock absorbers for buildings and structures in earthquake-prone areas.