TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
This time around, it won't just be a taxi. It will be a JCB. And a home. Constellation's goal is to establish moonbases for onward missions to Mars, and for that, we need to build stations and launchpads. The new car has a pressurised pod where astronauts can live for up to two weeks as they search for locations, with beds and a toilet and a shower - like some sort of cosmic Winnebago. And it can be fitted with ploughs and blades that transform it into a bulldozer for clearing rocks to make way for lunar construction.
Imagine a sci-fi Moon Town rising from the lunar surface, with silvery buildings and astronauts bouncing down to the offie. A place where we'd all suck spacefood through straws and keep pet Clangers. And if Richard Branson has his way, you could even be flying there on Virgin.