50 years on since the first moon landing, Varta is marking its own anniversary: batteries from this Ellwangen-based battery manufacturer were on board with the crew. Examples of their application include their use in the camera that took the images of the moon landing, as well as its use on the space mission to the International Space Station (ISS): the Varta battery pack, developed specifically for the trip, supplied the necessary energy to a device for measuring the astronauts’ muscle tension. Previously, NASA sent the spacecraft Galileo up in the autumn of 1989 to explore Jupiter and its moons. During the approx. 1000-day journey, Varta lithium batteries in the probe supplied the semiconductor detectors for the particle measuring device. And, during the first moon landing 50 years ago, NASA equipped Neil Armstrong’s camera with Varta batteries. To cherish this history of application, Varta is joining in celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary.  

Herbert Schein, CEO of Varta AG, says: “50 years ago Varta batteries joined the mission to the moon. Meeting such requirements took not only the highest level of technical skill, but a distinct pioneering spirit – an attribute to this day deeply engrained in our company.” 


To see a film from Varta, depicting an emotional journey to the moon, visit their website.