ALBANY, N.Y.—Momentive Performance Materials Inc. has donated a prototype of the moon boot used by NASA for the historic Apollo 11 mission, which landed man on the moon for the first time in July 1969.
Moon boots developed for NASA missions featured silicone rubber soles made possible by Momentive, then known as GE Silicones, the company said.
The moon boot was presented to The Children's Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, N.Y., as part of a new exhibit in the Museum's Space collection.
“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,” according to Samuel Conzone, Momentive's Director of Transformational Growth.
A company spokesman said Momentive is proud of this history and excited about the boot's new home at The Children's Museum, hoping “it will help instill a sense of wonder and excitement in young minds about scientific research and discovery.”