One Giant Leap (Kobo eBook)

One Giant Leap By Charles Pappas, James Spiller, author of Frontiers for the American Century Cover Image
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On July 20, 1969, Americans had their eyes and ears glued to their TVs and radios. NASA’s successful moon landing left the nation in awe. This moment inspired inventors and engineers across the nation. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, we share with you 20 patents that were inspired by the space race and how they reshaped the world.

Featuring the original patent schematics from the US Patent and Trademark Office, blast off with the inventions inspired by the moon landing including:

Memory foam

Freeze-dried food

Firefighting equipment

Emergency "space blankets"


Cordless tools

Protective paint (Used on both the Statue of Liberty, a gigantic Buddha in Hong Kong and the Golden Gate)

Cochlear implants

LZR Racer swimsuits

CMOS image sensors

Moon dust as fuel for space travel

Carbon nanotubes

Pocket calculators

Other patents in the book reflect the general surge in space-related inventions in that era:

Dispersed space based laser weapon

Toy ray guns

Flying saucers

Propulsion systems


The modem

Integrated circuit

Astro Lamp (Later called the Lava Lamp)

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781493038442
Publisher: Lyons Press
Publication Date: June 30th, 2019