Cornell researchers reflect on Apollo moon landing


SPEAKER 1: (ON RADIO) OK. SPEAKER 2: (ON RADIO) Yeah,
I think that’s [INAUDIBLE].. MASON PECK: Apollo
personalized space for us. Rather than just
treating it as some sort of distant destination or
some sort of science fiction reality, but brought it home in
the form of real people going to the moon. I think that
actually changed how we looked at space exploration. It made it possible
for us to think that we could be part of this. PHILIP NICHOLSON: So that was
a very exciting time because we were learning for
the first time, OK, the moon is not just
an object out there that we can make
maps of the surface, but we can begin
to learn something about its geologic history. NASA or the US government
realized that they were not training nearly enough
scientists and engineers in this new field,
that if this was going to become a major part of
US science in the future, there needed to be a
lot more engineers who were rocket scientists, who
knew how to build rockets, knew all of the
other technology. MASON PECK: We will
continue to benefit from all the discoveries,
from smartphone cameras, which came from NASA
technology originally, to baby food, even
dyes for fabrics that were designed to be safe
in the ultraviolet environment of the moon. These are all examples of
things that we more or less take for granted, but that leveraged
the investment that America had in Apollo many times over. SPEAKER 2: (ON RADIO) They’ll
have to extend that one.

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