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The 10 best technologies from Apollo 11

What the moon landing did for us

It's been 40 years since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched into space in Apollo 11, with the historic moon landing occurring four days later exactly 40 years ago today. Here are our favourite technologies inspired by the space programme.

Memory foam

Memory foam: Developed in 1966 to help absorb shock and used in NASA's airplane seats, temper foam has been used in everything from football helmets, hospital beds and shoe insoles.

Even specialised "memory foam" pillows and mattresses use this technology these days.

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Cordless tools

Cordless tools: While NASA didn't invent the Dustbuster, it can trace its origin to a battery-powered lunar drill developed by Black & Decker for the Apollo programme.

Similar technology can be found in cordless power drills and screwdrivers used every day to fix things around the house.

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