50 years ago Velcro was a startup brand working with NASA

50 years ago Velcro was a startup brand working with NASA

Apollo 11 and Velcro®brand.

50 years ago on July 20th, 1969, Apollo commander Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin fisrt walked on the moon. It was  “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” but who realised that without Velcro the mission could never have taken place?

To celebrate the acheivement, Velcro®brand created a cover of The Police song “Walking on the moon” by the indie cover band Walk off the earth.

Velcro®brand Hook and Loop fasteners.

Velcro®brand fasteners were indispensable to the success of the Apollo mission.

Velcro®brand kept the astronauts in their boots, secured heat shields and attached breathing tubes to spacesuits amongst other things.

Apollo 11, the Eagle
By Michael Collins - NASA (hi-res), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=506841

They made it home, thanks to a pen.

On the floor lay a circuit breaker switch, broken off the panel that controlled the module’s electrical components. Of all the circuit breakers, this one was vital. The broken circuit breaker was the arming switch for the ascent engine! Without this breaker set to on, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin were stuck on the moon.

That is, until Aldrin suggested simple solution, a felt tip pen. By jamming the pen into the circuit breaker, they were able to complete the circuit and only then could they try starting the engine and hope for the best.

What you perhaps don’t realise is that without Velcro® taped to the tip Buzz Aldrin’s pen, the astronauts couldn’t have reset circuit breakers on the Eagle (Lunar Module) and safely returned home.

Velcro® available here on earth.

Today, a comprehensive range of Velcro® brand products are available at “down-to-earth” prices at Spentex. You can order via the website, or by contacting the team at Spentex. Simply call Spentex here on earth: 01977 680697.

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