TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
The Rover, and the equipment to build those charging stations, will be sent into space on its own rocket. The old Apollo buggies rode piggyback on lunar modules, as there wasn't enough money to send the car and the crew separately. Constellation will use two brand-new Ares rockets - one for the astronauts, and one to carry their kit. The two crafts will rendezvous in outer space before dropping onto the Moon together. It's all very possible, but also very expensive. President Obama is still deliberating the budget while NASA juggles cash between Constellation and the ongoing shuttle missions to the International Space Station. So it's no wonder the price of the new Rover is uttered quietly. It costs roughly six million dollars. And that doesn't include development money (or, as James May once pointed out, delivery costs...).