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On the 40th anniversary of the incredible voyage of Apollo 11 to the lunar surface, we thought we’d not only tip a hat to the heroes at NASA and the astronauts who made the actual journey — but to the 6,000 GE employees who also helped make it possible. When Neil Armstrong took that historic first step on the moon in 1969, it was with boots made from GE silicone rubber.
In all, 37 different GE operations were involved in the mission. All manned flights through Apollo relied on GE radio command guidance equipment. The Space Division supplied overall quality control, systems engineering support, check-out equipment, Saturn launch vehicle test facilities and the ship-to satellite system that provided the first live color TV pictures of splash-down and recovery.