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“Walking on the moon’s surface and being exposed to its unique environment demanded the most advanced technology in protective wear,” said Samuel Conzone, Ph.D., Director of Transformational Growth. “Silicone’s ability to perform under the harshest conditions, including rocky terrain and extreme temperatures, made silicone a necessity in the space boots, gloves and suits worn by Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts.”
Seventy years ago, a team of GE scientists discovered and patented the process for transforming silicone into a useable substance, making modern-day commercialization of silicone possible. In the decades that followed, that research focused on honing silicone’s properties into innovative material applications that have, in turn, made breakthrough products possible in a range of industries, including agriculture, automotive, construction, consumer electronics, medical devices, personal care, and solar energy.
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