How Space Exploration Birthed The Dustbuster

by Joost | Last Updated: September 29, 2017

For years, people have revelled in the use of handheld ‘dustbuster’ solutions to help keep their homes clean. They are one of the most useful and innovative solutions of their kind, and play an absolutely critical role in making sure that home cleaning is much easier than ever. While there are many reasons why this technology was eventually conceived, the same technology that was used to make this possible was utilized by the Apollo astronauts who went into space.

They used the same tech found in a modern dustbuster to help try and drill some rocks on the Moon, and the popularity of such hardware eventually led to the conception of the dustbuster as we know it today. Black and Decker had worked alongside NASA in the 60s and 70s to help create the bones of what they eventually minimized and put into the first of the dustbuster range that we all so commonly use today.

As one of the primary examples of the moon landing was to get samples from the moon including rock and soils, they needed something that could get underneath the crust of the moon. By going as far as 10ft deep, the astronauts were equipped with a special drill that worked to help burst through the surface of the moon.

Made to be extremely lightweight to keep the journey as light as possible, this drill was designed to have its own power source as, naturally, we have no fittings on the moon (yet). Without being tethered to the Lunar Module, the astronauts were able to make a breakthrough and begin to extract a whole chunk of items from the floor of the moon.

This battery-powered drill, then, has gone to become one of the most important and unifying creations in technological history. It not only helps us to keep our homes nice and clean; it served as one of the main reasons why the Apollo missions will be revered for the rest of human history.