50 years, 50 giant leaps: How Nasa rocked our world

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50 years, 50 giant leaps: How Nasa rocked our world
Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration marks its first half-century of exploration and discovery. But missions to the Moon and beyond are only part of the story. Without Nasa's scientists, life on Earth would be very different indeed.

1.The hand-held vacuum cleaner

The cordless miniature vacuum cleaner was born after Black & Decker developed a self-contained portable drill for the Apollo Moon landings between 1963 and 1972. The machine used a specially developed computer program, meaning it used less power to extract core samples from beneath the Moon's surface. That computer programme helped the company develop more battery-powered gadgets, among them, the cordless mini vacuum cleaner....

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Randll Reese Besch - 8/1/2008

From the sideline politically based trips to the moon to the grotesque pseudo-space plane the shuttle. Lost of a space station and never sent any more up. So much time, so much wasted.