Teflon is not only the famous magical coating that serves as a barrier to ensure your egg is well fried without sticking to the pan.
This may work as a means to impress your friends, but on top of that, it’s made a lasting impact on one of the most iconic moments in History.
Invented by Roy J. Plunkett when working for the Du Pont company, this material gained national fame due to NASA’s most famous space program – The Apollo Program.
Why so famous?
Remember That Time We Went To The Moon..?
Now, the publics’ popular opinion claimed that NASA invented the material to protect astronauts landing on the moon. The fact is though, that it was invented two decades before NASA was even created.
Which puts it 20 years before that: “Small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” moment.
However, although the dates don’t quite match up, Teflon still provided one of the most effective ways to ensure men going to the Moon were protected against the hardships of space, as well as the particularities of its surface.
The Space Races Gold Medalists – The Apollo Program
The iconic NASA program and one of Humankind’s greatest moments have much to owe to the pan-coating material.
Sending a man to the Moon was no easy task and required not only the best minds working on it but also the best available technology. Such a line of thought meant that the design of a spacesuit for the Moon was a real ‘head-scratcher’.
Mostly due to the natural satellite’s unique characteristics and with abrasive and thin dust and prolonged exposure to solar radiation, to name a few.
How Did Teflon Protect The Astronauts?
Since there weren’t any plans to fry anything up in space, it also provided an excellent isolator, meaning little heat loss and a valid barrier against solar radiation. A great achievement for something that was discovered decades before.
Another worry would be micrometeoroids. These would be able to puncture a regular suit and cause immediate depressurization. The Teflon material provided added protection due to its strong and durable, yet lightweight properties.
As far as space etiquette goes, the large yet protective space suits used by the Apollo astronauts had 21 layers, each very well-thought to endure the hardships of Space and the particularities of the Moon surface.
Though I imagine it wasn’t that great when “nature called’, however, Teflon provided protection against some of the most hostile environments known to man.
It made up the outermost layer, proving effective against lunar dust and the already mentioned danger of micrometeoroids.
Due to its fiberglass yarn material, it was also inflammable. As well as tough which was the reason the knee patches made out of the same resistant material, offering protection against any friction that could occur.
As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin followed to make their way onto the Moon’s surface, it was present in one of our greatest moments in History, including the outer layer of the boot that took that first small step.
More Than Just The Suit…
Being used as part of heat shields in today’s space technology, it keeps providing an important and effective protective layer against abrasive or corrosive materials.
There have been reports NASA will continue to work on improving Teflon technology as we travel further and longer into the solar system. So, we can’t wait to see what it will do for your cooking in the future!
Teflon is still a part of our lives today, after all its years of glory and space travel.
And although Product Release wasn’t involved in the original space race in 1969 we have since been the forefront of the non-coating industry in recent years.
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