Today we celebrate the Fifty Year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission sending a man to land on the moon. Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. An estimated 650 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took "...one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969.
It was a momentous occasion for so many and it would be wrong for us to ignore such an achievement especially while we can draw some links to Fifty One Apparel ( admittedly a little tenuous ) but let's take off......
Fifty One Apparel took their first leap for womankind 18th March 2018.
Fifty years since man landed on the moon, Fifty Plus One is the average age a woman hits the menopause and the reason we gave our brand this name.
The technology we use in our clothing is called Outlast and this was initially designed while collaborating with NASA to design clothing which would keep the astronaut’s body temperature regulated during their time spent in Space.
It was this technology which inspired us to create a brand designed to manage the uncomfortable symptoms suffered by women during the menopause.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science is focused on better understanding of our Earth through the earth’s observing systems and advancing research bodies looking at topics such as the Big Bang theories.
In a similar vein we observe the requirements of our customers which could be deemed as researching their bodies ! and while we cannot claim to be anywhere close to a Big Bang theory we do believe we come up with some pretty good ideas at times...
To get Apollo 11 to the moon on a return ticket took a lot more than 3 astronauts. The back up team was immense with engineers, scientists, mechanics, medical staff and not forgetting the astronauts families and this resonates with our business. While we may be at the helm we could not have travelled quite so far without the support of a back up team who have been incredible in helping us to Lift Off.
The mission was not all about the success of the engineering to get the rocket into space and to the moon but there were other major discoveries which has impacted on further exploration into the solar system and as with all ventures the further you progress the more you uncover and sometimes this might lead you onto a totally different focus. It could also mean the difference between success and failure.
There is work trying to establish permanent human presence on and around the moon with a mission called Artemis ( twin sister of Apollo ). This is fitting also because there is a big push to see the first woman being sent to the moon. To date all the astronauts have been white males.
All this research is probing into why are we here, and what had to happen for us to get here? This is a question which we ask ourselves every day at Fifty One Apparel !!!!