What 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.
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.
- It’s Time to Tackle Insterstellar Spaceflight, Experts Say (space.com)
- China to host international seminar on manned spaceflight (spacedaily.com)
- Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station (independent.co.uk)