The moon landings inspired a generation to pursue careers in science, engineering, or astronomy. The program also sparked a paradigm shift - smaller computers outperform larger ones. This concept birthed the fly-by-wire technology prevalent in modern aircraft today.
- The Apollo Guidance Computer was the first computer people staked their lives on.
- Miniaturisation ultimately led to affordable personal computers and smartphones.
- At one point in the 1960s, Apollo consumed 60% of the US’s integrated circuits, boosting technology.
- Hundreds of thousands of people and roughly 20,000 companies and universities contributed to the Apollo programme.
- Recruiting African Americans into the space programme reduced discrimination and improved civil rights.