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12 Everyday Objects We Have To Thank The First Apollo Mission For

by Kevin Roache 4 months ago in list

it was definitely worth it

A lot of debate has ensued surrounding whether or not is was worth it financially and otherwise to spend the fortunes used to put men on the Moon. The seminal Apollo Program that saw man landing on the Moon on 20th July 1969 produced the following 12 items that we regularly employ on a daily basis. Judge for yourself if it was worth it:-


The CAT Scanner

1. The invention of the CAT scanner for use on the first Apollo mission was at the time used to detect imperfections in space components on the Moon. Now it is widely and successfully used for detecting the presence of cancer.

Integrated Circuits

2. Integrated circuits that were initially used in the Apollo Guidance Computer equipment for the Moon landing have found their way into today's modern usage. miniaturised and more powerful microchips have acceded their original intended usage, but nevertheless owe a lot to the first Apollo mission.

Power Tools

3. The wide usage of the many cordless power tools making life easier today is all thinks to the first Apollo mission. All types of power drills and vacuum cleaners now use technology initially designed to drill for and collect moon samples.

Freeze-dried food

4. First pioneered for the Apollo mission was Freeze-dried food. Food weight and the increases of its shelf life, without sacrificing any of its nutritional value, was also an added bonus. Today, existing without frozen food is unthinkable.

The Joystick

5. The first employment of a joystick was for the sole use on the Apollo Lunar Rover. It es originally used for the specific purpose of collecting samples and directing the vehicle. Now it is an essential computer gaming device adopted by every gamer.

Memory Foam

6. Returning to its original form, memory foam was originally created for aircraft seats in order to soften the aircraft landing. The is now used in multiple products including mattresses and shock absorbing helmets. This mass produced substance is all thanks to the Apollo Moon Landing of 1969.

Satellite Television

7. NASA can be said to have invented satellite television. The precise technology was needed and employed to fix errors in spacecraft signals and helped to reduce the scrambled pictures and sound produced from the received satellite television incoming signal. The millions of satellite and cable television viewers of today have NASA expertise and the Apollo Moon landing mission to thank.

Scratch Resistant Spectacles

8. The humble pair of spectacles were made ten times more scratch resistant because of the Moon landing. NASA's perfection and need for scratch resistant lenses that comprised the astronaut's helmet visor coating, unknowingly benefited greatly those who came after the successful mission.

The Smoke Detector

9. The regularly used, ever present, smoke detector that is a stalwart of our health and safety conscious lifestyle and legislative must of today was perfected by NASA during the Apollo mission: NASA invented the first adjustable smoke detector with a sensitivity level that will prevent a false alarm.


10. The material used to design the world's fastest latex swimsuit was made using the same principles of reducing drag as was perfected by space travel to the Moon. There are those who believe this produces an unfair advantage but anybody can use the 'Speedo'. It will ultimately depend on the quality of the athlete.

Water Filters

11. Water filters are in common use today. Popular domestic versions use a technique NASA pioneered and developed to kill off bacteria in water that is taken into space. Even though rudimentary water filter systems can be traces back to as long ago as 5,000 BC, today's daily usage stems from techniques pioneered following the Moon landing.


12. Teflon was integral to the astronauts who flew in the first Apollo spaceship crafts. Teflon was used in astronauts space suits to protect them from harmful solar radiation and also protect them from micrometeoroids and other orbiting debris that could easily puncture and depressurise their space suits. Today Teflon is widely known for its non-stick properties regarding the myriad of pans and cookware available commercially. What is not widely known is that Teflon was liberally used by NASA but was invented as long as 20 years previously. This is a myth NASA does little to dispel.

Kevin Roache
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