1969: Apollo 11 – First Man to Land on the Moon
Innovation: First man to land on the moon
Location: The Moon
By: Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin
The space mission, Apollo 11, marked an important step for both space exploration and building technology. Of course, this mission is most memorable for landing the first humans on the Moon, but it also represented the advances that have been made in construction material and the effort put forth to do so. The spacecraft was fabricated out of materials fit for the harsh conditions of space—an environment greatly worse than that of on Earth. If such materials were capable of surviving the environment of outer space then it is certainly suitable as construction material for buildings on Earth.
Apollo 11 not only represented the advances of materials, but also further pushed the possibility for space architecture. Such a practice focuses on the design and construction of inhabitable environments located in outer space. Space architecture creates a whole other realm in the study of architecture as design factors completely differ. Today, much of this architecture is focused on the construction of large spacestations built for the purpose of space exploration. Perhaps, the practice of space architecture will expand even further when land on another planet is found to be inhabitable and humans find it a place they want to live.