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How Plastics Helped Man Reach the Moon

Opening paragraphs from “From protective films and fibers and PC helmets, plastics helped man reach the moon”, Plastics News,, Bill Bregar, July 26, 2019

The lunar lander that took Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon 50 years ago needed to be strong, safe and lightweight.

On July 20, 1969, when the Apollo 11 team successfully stepped onto the lunar surface, plastics and other strong, lightweight materials helped make it happen — often not alone, but in combination with rubber, aluminum, other metals and high-tech fabrics.

That was especially true on the lunar lander, the astronauts’ space suits and the ablative heat shield that protected the command module when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere.

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