50 years ago, NASA put the first human ever on the surface of the moon. Those historic individuals explored the Earth’s natural satellite from the comforts of a moon buggy. While we begrudge those astronauts’ ability to travel to the moon, Outsiders interested in astronomy and lunar exploration may have another reason to envy our NASA explorers in the future.
A German motor design company, Hookie, recently revealed their concept of a lunar-dominating motorcycle recently. And though we hope to see it used one day, Hookie plans to install the motorcycle in LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum. Nevertheless, the effort speaks to the developments humans have made since we first stepped foot in outer space. It further highlights human ingenuity on our track to the future.
According to the Daily Mail, the lunar motorcycle concept runs on electricity, travels at 10 miles per hour, and has capabilities for covering 70 miles per charge. Dubbed the “Tardigrade,” the miraculous concept would survive the extreme conditions of space, namely the satellite’s frigidity and rough terrain. The outlet further detailed the moon bike is constructed of ultra-lightweight materials. Overall, it weighs 295 pounds. It also has a removable front portion, allowing for easy storage in under two minutes.
The inventive concept speaks to humans’ growing imaginations and visions of the future. But the bike’s designers stated the concept shines light on another dynamic question. Hookie said, “With the realisation of this completely fantastic space vehicle, we want to dare a thought experiment that also raises questions about our future: what would life beyond planetary boundaries look like?”
NASA’s Lucy Mission Carries Message for the Future
Earth offers a vast expanse of discovery and inventiveness through the mysteries of the past. However, outer space provides a plausible environment for the wonders of the future. Further, while Earthly discoveries tie us further into what exactly makes us human, outer space forces us to reconcile with mortality.
That reconciliation with our own mortality can be found in art, technology, and stories across history. Now, NASA has launched its own kind of reconciliation, sending its Lucy spacecraft Jupiter-bound. Initially, the craft intends to explore the distant planet’s Trojan asteroids. However, from there the craft will travel between Earth and asteroids. Overall, its mission could carry on for the distant future, so upon it NASA installed a time capsule of sorts.
The plaque upon the craft reads, “Remember you are this universe, this universe is you.”
Within the craft are poems, letters, and messages left for future generations. The writings touch on the human condition and how we, as humans, fit into the universe.
The messages serve as a way to communicate current sentiments, thoughts, and feelings about the universe and human mortality in way entirely fitting for the United States’ space agency.