TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
In 10 years from now, man will return to the Moon. Probes and satellites have already searched out landing sites. NASA is building the rockets to take us there, and a bunch of astronauts are ready to become the next moonwalkers. They've been measured up for spacesuits. They're rehearsing their historic lines. Good. Great. But what are they going to drive when they get there?
The world got its first look at NASA's newwheels, the 21st-century moon buggy, during Barack Obama's inauguration parade last year. It scurried along behind some fat trumpeters, did a pirouette in front of the President then sped off. After that, it was taken back to Houston and - before it gets packed into a rocket and fired into the sky - we asked if we could drive it. Foolishly, NASA said yes, so we jumped on a plane to the Johnson Space Center, home of mission control and the heart of America's space programme.