Anyone who was alive to witness it happen on live TV in 1969 knows how the moon landing changed history in an instant: for the first time ever, human beings were communicating between a planet and its natural satellite. Nothing has been the same since! Or has it?
Some skeptics wonder how the moon landing changed the world, considering there wasn't much there aside from rocks and soil. Plenty of conspiracy theorists still think NASA's Apollo moon landing program was faked (even though it definitely wasn't). What, really, are the effects the moon landing has had on contemporary life? What did we really learn with Apollo 11?
The simple answer: a ton. Moon landing effects include innovations in safety, technology, medicine, geology, paleontology, oceanography, and much more. And engineers with NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) are on their way to sending "the first woman and next man" to the moon by 2024 with the hoped-for success of their Artemis project.
Helmets From The Apollo Program Led To Better Running ShoesPhoto: Focus on Sport/Getty Images
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It Made Computer Chips Commercially ViablePhoto: Shutterstock
It Gave Firefighters And Race Car Drivers Liquid-Cooled GarmentsPhoto: Shutterstock
It Made A Strong Case For The Superiority Of DemocracyPhoto: Shutterstock
It Expanded NASA ConsiderablyPhoto: mark reinstein / Shutterstock.com