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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.

Flame-resistant clothing

Flame-resistant clothing: A fire on the Apollo launch pad (Apollo 1) that killed three astronauts led to the development of fire-resistant textiles for space suits and vehicles.

Materials made from Polybenzimidazole (PBI) have since been used by firefighters, soldiers and race car drivers to help protect them from fire.

Cooling suits

Cooling suits: Space suits were designed for astronauts to survive in extreme temperatures, deflect radiation and provide life support. Materials needed to provide essential oxygen, pressure, heating and cooling while allowing astronauts to remain mobile.

Today, cooling suits (including the Cool Vest from ILC Dover) are used in industrial environments to regulate body temperature, as well as in people suffering from hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare disease that prevents the body from cooling itself.

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