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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.

Reflective materials

Reflective materials: Materials such as propylene or mylar, which helped protect astronauts from radiation and heat, are now found in regular home insulation. Other "vacuum metalizing" techniques are used in products such as garment insulation, food packaging, wall coverings and window shades.

The next time you watch a marathon and watch runners get wrapped in a shiny blanket, you'll see NASA technology at work.

Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried food: The problem: feeding astronauts during long missions. The solution: freeze-drying, a process that helps preserve the food's nutritional value and taste, while also reducing weight and increasing shelf life.

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