The Truth About Manned Spaceflight

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12111615093433184189What did the Romans do for Britain [^], one may wonder. Others asked what we ever got out from manned spaceflight.

Well, we all know the answer to that, don’t we? First, there’s Velcro, then there’s the crystal alarm clock, and of course the non-sticking frying pan.

Right? Right:

Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral.

No direct link between the crystal alarm clock and spaceflight is evident, especially given that the first quartz clock was build at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1927 [^].

Teflon, the stuff from which the non-sticking frying pan gets its special properties, was discovered in 1938 by Roy J. Plunkett by accident, and without any direct link to spaceflight.

Surely, this must be one of the more frustrating truths in modern history.

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