To the Moon and Back

By Karl Osric R. Mendoza

Image Source: NASA

JULY 19, 1969 – Apollo 11 marked one of humanity’s greatest milestones in history— the day man reached the moon. It has been 50 years since that notable event and we look back to that day as a reminder on how far mankind has come.

Half a century has passed since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Since then, we have made huge advancements in the field of science. According to Jean Creighton, NASA airborne astronomy ambassador, much of the technology we use in our daily lives come from our desire to unravel the universe.

First on the list of improvements are rockets. Over time, the costs of rockets decreases as rocket scientists become more available and rocket science improving as well. This in turn, makes the market on rockets boom as we try to find new ways to innovate and use rockets. Saturn V, one of the rockets that the Apollo missions used costs around $185 million while today’s Falcon Heavy of SpaceX costs around only $90 million. These rockets are used to deliver astronauts and satellites into outer space.

Next are satellites. At the beginning of 2019, there are around 5,000 satellites orbiting the Earth. Forty percent of these satellites enable communications, 36% observe the Earth, 11% are used to establish technologies, seven percent are for positioning and navigation, and six percent are for advance space and earth science.

Third is the miniaturization. This enables us to utilize technologies at smaller versions and improve their overall performance as well. This is because space missions have strict limits when it comes to payload as heavier equipment need more energy to achieve orbit.

Fourth is the global network. The importance of this aspect is as important as sending man to the moon. This is imperative as we need to be able to contact the people outside the Earth in order to relay instructions and exchange information. These ground satellites serve as an avenue not only for communicating with astronauts, but to observe the universe and send radio signals all over the world.

Much has changed in our daily lives thanks to the success of the Apollo 11 mission. Not only has it improved the quality of our lives, but it also helped in shaping the future of mankind and steer us into the golden age of technology. Now, 50 years have passed and we look back into one of humanity’s glory in order to never forget where it all started. As the saying goes, “one must look back in order to step foot into the future.”