But haven't all of these are gadgets just made us fat and lazy? ;-)
I think the biggest legacy of the '60s space programs was the
demonstration of a national will that didn't involve killing hundreds of
thousands of people. That will was dissipated by the following
generation. Today, 36 years after the first Moon landing and with all
our wonderful "technology", we cannot repeat the feat and the Moon is
something we look at through telescopes.
Pat O'Connell wrote:
The need for miniaturized electronics in satellites led to ICs, which
led in turn to calculators, microprocessors, and their many descendants
(for instance your car engine, your microwave oven, and of course your
PC and MP3 player).
And then there's the Fisher Space Pen...