Motorola, part two.

During which Apollo mission did Neil Armstrong famously say the line, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"?
A)  Apollo I
B)  Apollo IIX
C)  Apollo XI
D)  Apollo XVII

We here at the American Treasure Tour blog thought we were done with Motorola yesterday, if we're going to be honest with you.  But the company did some pretty remarkable things during their heyday.  Yesterday, we focused on their contributions to automotive radios and walkie-talkies.  Today, we are going to tell you about something else they did that was arguably even more impressive.  It has to do with electronic technology, because that was their thing, but Motorola pretty much impacted the way much of the modern world communicates, starting with a little thing in 1969 called the moon landing.

Yes, we know there are some conspiracy theorists out there who argue that United States astronauts never actually touched down on the Moon.  We won't go there, so let's assume the government and all the people who work for - and with - NASA told the truth about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon on July 20, 1969.  They sent a famous message back to Earth (mentioned in our "Question.").  Well, here's another question:  how could we possibly hear it all the way from the Moon?  The answer is: a Motorola transponder! It made audio AND video possible from the Moon to Earth.

One final innovation for which Motorola can be praised - and condemned - is the cellular telephone.  They made the first one in 1973.  Within a decade they made it effective and, in 1984, it was being sold for commercial use.  We just aren't sure how great the cellphone is now that everyone has one, but it has certainly impacted the way people live!

ANSWER:  C) Apollo XI