The innovative spirit that has expanded America’s culture for centuries can be illuminated by this fact:

As we near the 50th anniversary of the first men on the moon, our entrepreneurial enterprises are benefiting from seven inventions developed during the Apollo buildup, leading up to the July 20, 1969 celebratory date.

The National Air and Space Museum is currently showcasing a host of the amazing artifacts from the epic mission.

Here are the inventions, as listed by Fox News.

The Dustbuster: The Dustbuster was only made possible thanks to Black & Decker’s work with NASA on developing a lightweight and power-efficient tool for the Apollo Lunar Surface Drill.  The same motor design used on the 1969 moon landing was then used to create the Dustbuster.

Thermal blankets: The silvery space blanket often worn by marathon runners and emergency patients was also provided in support of the Apollo 11 mission. The lightweight reflective sheet was created by NASA when it needed a material that would insulate astronauts and the spacecraft while taking up little space, according to the website Compare The Market.

Advanced cameras: The tiny, highly efficient cameras used in our cell phones and GoPro recorders was made possible by a NASA engineer charged with making a smaller camera for space, according to NASA’s Spinoff magazine. The small CMOS censor made both photos on the moon and our modern-day, enormously-popular selfies possible.

Bridge shock absorbers: The shock absorbers found on both San Francisco’s Oakland Bay Bridge and London’s Millennium Bridge were also born in the Apollo missions. Taylor Devices Inc. created the devices for NASA’s Apollo Launchpad and still sell them today as seismic shock absorbers for structures around the world.

Fireproof firefighter uniforms: Fireproof material used in firefighter uniforms was also made possible thanks to the Apollo 11 mission. After a cabin fire killed all three crew members on the Apollo 1 mission, NASA developed a suit made of flexible, fireproof fiber that can withstand extreme heat.

Vacuum-sealed food: The vacuum-sealed food that lines our supermarket shelves is another NASA spin-off invented to make sure food in space wouldn’t spoil. Vacuum packaging prevents microorganisms from spreading, ensuring safety so astronauts don’t get sick in space.

Shock-absorbing sneaker soles: Sneaker company Avia also turned to NASA’s suit when wanting to create a shock-absorbing sole that didn’t break down under pressure. Their patented Compression Chamber mid-sole created in 1990, was invented with help from a NASA Apollo engineer.

Although the costs for the moon missions were astronomical, the special inventions have provided many benefits and profits for humans ever since.

Other inventions related to future space missions will likewise provide unique safety and comfort for humans as the United States continues to lead other nations on these highly complicated journeys.

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