Assessing Space Exploration’s Spinoffs: How Space Exploration Transformed and Improved Our Lives


This coming 20th of July will be the 50th anniversary of the “small step for a man” and “giant leap for mankind” which Neil Armstrong took on the surface of the Moon. In commemoration of this historic feat, the BBVA Foundation, in collaboration with Spanish national newspaper El Mundo, presents a special multimedia publication in which four experts analyze the significance of Apollo 11 from different perspectives. In this article, Roger D. Launius – chief historian of NASA, former Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., and author of “Apollo’s Legacy” – explores the technological heritage of the space race. From instantaneous global communications and the Internet to smartphones and GPS, space exploration has transformed and improved people’s lives. A video interview with Dr. Launius is also available by clicking on the ‘play’ button on the image at the top of this page.