DuPont, W.L. Gore, ILC Dover take note of their roles in moon landing


DuPont Co., Newark-based W.L. Gore and Associates and Frederica’s ILC Dover are taking note of its role the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

ILC is well known for its spacesuits that were used on lunar missions and in other areas of the space program. Its address is on Moonwalker Drive, in Frederica, a small town south of Dover.

For the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, 20 of the 21 layers in each space suit were made with DuPont inventions, including DuPont Nomex fiber and Kapton polyimide film. The first material to touch the lunar surface was Kapton, and the U.S. flag placed on the moon was made of DuPont nylon.

Gore’s work in space exploration began early in its history. In just ten years, the company went from a Delaware basement where the company was founded in 1958, to the moon with multiple products contributing to the success of the July 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
Gore wire and cable supported getting men to the moon, was involved in the seismographic experiments on the moon, and helped the astronauts to navigate back home.

In the 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission, Gore has supported more than 100 spaceflight programs, including manned spaceflight programs and satellites that provide communications and scientific benefits to the world. Throughout all, Gore products have had a 100% success-rate in space, a release.

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