How the Apollo Program Gave Silicon Valley a Jump-Start

The first integrated circuit chips to reach the market were so expensive that a customer with deep pockets was needed, and the Apollo project came along just in time.

In July we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest “leaps of mankind,” the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Conquering space travel and exploring a world a quarter of a million miles away was a triumph of incalculable value. Even though the moon landing was…