What was the point?

You can ask the question, what was the point of space exploration and Apollo 11, what did it achieve?

In some ways, superficial things. In many ways, it was a deeply profound, great achievement in history.

It fulfilled Kennedy’s challenge.

It was great PR.

It beat the Russians in the cold war space race.

Geological samples started to give us new insight into the Earth, our origin, the universe.

New manufacturing techniques, new things that were invented for space exploration, have impacted our lives ever since. No, not just non-stick frying pans, but heart pacemakers, home computers, cell phones, the Internet, communications satellites, velcro, artificial limbs, the list is almost endless.

But, it proved it could be done. Man has finally taken a step off our home world.

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