Popular Science (July 2004)

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And after SMART-1? One possibility would be a rover mission in 2012 to prospect for ice. The next phase is the deployment of an international robotic village, to create a permanent infrastructure with life-support systems and habitats. We’re looking at a crew of ten staying for 100day rotations. President Bush has been criticized by some for pursuing the go-it-alone approach to space exploration. Agree? Even if the United States has dominating technology and budgets for space exploration, international cooperation can be fruitful for all.

Cool? Sure. But even with investors now vying to make the technology commercially viable, the longstanding reign of cheap, functional ozone-polluting fridges won’t be trumped anytime soon. “Historically, environmental friendliness doesn’t sell,” says Penn State acoustician Matt Poese. But don’t tell that to Ben & Jerry’s. 04 CITY OF TOXIC ANGELS THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION’S 2004 STATE 36 P O P U L A R S C I E N C E J U LY 2 0 0 4 C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P : C O U R T E S Y E U R O P E A N S PA C E A G E N C Y; C O U R T E S Y B E N & J E R R Y ’ S ; C O R B I S ; C O U R T E S Y M AT T H E W P O E S E BEN & JERRY POPSCI: Tell us about Europe’s lunar ambitions.

COURTESY BENTLEY MOTORS experiences those stresses virtually nonstop for two and three hours at a time. As with any modern racecar, what really stuns you is the unearthly grip of its brakes. The engine yowls like a tortured tiger, the acceleration is fierce enough to verge on uncontrollable and Kristensen makes constant course corrections almost before the mini slides begin. But the primary sensation is that we’re all gonna die because we’re still doing 150 and a 90-degree left is six car lengths ahead.

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