TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
In tests in the New Mexico desert, NASA ran the Rover against a couple of military-grade Humvees. The engineers tell us that after a few days the army machines were ‘all torn up', while the Rover carried on oblivious. Former Apollo astronaut and original Moon driver Harrison Schmitt tried the Rover and was blown away by its ability, shortly before an engineer took the controls and nearly ran him down with a sneaky crab-steer manoeuvre. On the same test, two astronauts spent a fortnight in the Rover and kept themselves amused with DVDs and a stereo, just like they'll do on the Moon. It even has cruise control.
So there you are, cruising the Moon inside your rig wearing a T-shirt and shorts, with some Ziggy Stardust blasting from the speakers. Or Brian Eno's Apollo soundtrack spilling into the cabin, as you gaze out on a beautiful Earth-rise.