Chemical industry helped space exploration to lift off

07/20/2009 | ICIS News (U.K.)

The chemical industry played a big role in the lunar landing 40 years ago and, in fact, fueled the space race of the 1950s through the '70s. Space travel requires extensive amounts of titanium, produced from ore using chlorine chemistry. Other needed products include high-speed integrated circuit chips etched with chlorine chemicals and silicone seals derived from chlorine chemistry, according to the American Chemistry Council.

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