May on the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
Wheeled vehicles are understood, the Moon's surface has now been thoroughly analysed, and the effects of reduced gravity can be modelled very accurately on NASA's computers. Few people missed the delicious irony of the first moon buggy - that the Americans made only a handful of trips to another world before they decided they just couldn't get by without a car - but it made sense to me. Alan Shepard played golf up there, and I'd rather go for a spin any day. The Moon, or what Arthur C Clarke called "the first stepping stone on the road to the stars", is a local shop in cosmic terms, but I use a car to go to mine, so I don't see why one should be denied to people on another planet.