Not only will the lunar quattros feed back information on the Taurus-Littrow lunar valley (landing site of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission) and the condition of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, but they will also help pave the way for future space exploration. ‘Once we manage to go to the Moon again, and are able to use it as a stepping stone, then I believe we can go to Mars in the next ten years or so,’ explains Robert.
Our journey comes to an end as the Audi A8 pulls up at the foot of the green carpet. I take a deep breath and step out into what is to me a very alien environment. We run the gauntlet of photographers and fans, all clamouring for a glimpse of the stars. The Audi lunar quattro, complete with black tie, raises a cheer as it heads down the carpet, steered by PT Scientists’ Karsten Becker (above). It will have to contend with a much more challenging environment when it gets to the Moon, dealing with temperatures ranging from 120C to -180C. But what about Alien: Covenant? Does the lunar quattro survive its encounter with the scariest space creature ever created? Ah, now that would be telling. We’ll have no spoilers here...
Written by Angus Frazer; Photographs by Alexander Rhind.
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