The Eagle has landed
On July 20, 1969, a 38-year-old American walked on the moon. It was the pinnacle of the space race.
The goal of reaching the moon was political, to show who had the most technology, the power to mobilize people and minds and accomplish remarkable deeds. And they did it. Even today many things we use in everyday life are byproducts of space effort technologies.
To reach Lua, more than 400 thousand people were directly or indirectly employed in the project. How can a single project be accomplished with the effort of so many people from different backgrounds working separately? We learned a lot how to manage projects efficiently using agile methodologies, and this allowed for rapid advancement in all fields of technology in the late 20th century. Science, agriculture, resource management, knowledge management and even the formation of a new generation of new professionals were influenced by what we learned in the space race.
In the field of technology, just imagine that in the 1960s a computer needed an entire room, but had to be reduced to less than 1 square meter to fit inside the ship that took humanity on the moon. Today, with much advancement, any cell phone handheld is 1,000 times the capacity of that space-traveling computer. Not to mention advances in satellite communication, miniaturization, new radio bands and other technologies that allow us to communicate so easily anytime.
In 1969 it was July, but the joy and commotion seemed New Year’s. It was really something new that would forever change the way we live and how we see ourselves when it was possible to observe the Earth in a blue dot in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps as a last lesson, we learned that we are all in one place and that we should live well with each other, as we have nowhere else to go.