By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 2:46 pm Tue, Jan 3, 2012
This charming video combines everything you like about the Apollo program with everything you like about "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Where’s the moonshine?
Ain’t that the best.
John Fucking Young. Bad ass astronaut. Kick ass driver. His reaction to flying the first shuttle without an unmanned test? “Someone had to fly that rascal.” His heart rate at launch didn’t go above 90. Vet of two Gemini, two Apollo and two shuttle missions. Joined NASA in 1962, ran the astronaut office for years and retired in 2004. The man is the type of astronaut hero I wanted to grow up to be.
Welcome to the fan club.
The moon shall rise again!
This is clearly faked and filmed on a Burbank backlot (kidding)
They did a great job of keeping the dust from lingering in the air!
well…. that’s a fair point…
Sure, that’s what THEY would like you to think. This “air” notion is just a scam rigged up by the conspiracy to hide the truth about luminiferous ether.
this pleases me
Hey kids! Stay off my lawn!!!
Actually, the thing I really liked about “The Dukes of Hazzard” was Catherine Bach in those little denim shorts, and I don’t see that anywhere in the video. Furthermore, I should point out that (a) the Lunar Rover does not have a Confederate flag anywhere on it, (b) the astronaut driver does not leap in and out through the windows, and (c) at no point does it become airborne while fleeing a pursuing police car.
I think your description is deeply misleading.
True that. I can do without the confederate flag, but Daisy Duke and police chases are essential. I’ll give them a pass on diving into the vehicle through the window, as the rover doesn’t even have doors. Most excellent video, but comparisons to the Dukes of Hazzard are pure hyperbole. :)
Growing up in NH, we called that “Scratchin’ gravel”.
The North shall rise agai… oh wait.
I think this image says it all….
Apollo 15, who is pictured, were surprisingly gentle with their rover. Not like 16 in the video was. But I think what is important about 16 is their return. Young, Duke, Mattingly, mustache sailor.
Apollo 17 claimed the speed record. 15 km/h downhill on the way to Steno crater.
And 17 did the first DIY repair of the rover on the moon the next day using lunar maps and clamps to repair the fender.
If only it was narrated by The Balladeer…
Added to my personal list of approved uses for US taxpayer dollars. Anyone have any other suggestions? I have 60 characters left in this tweet…
John Young was the stylistic Hunter Thompson of the Apollo crews.
These moon buggy clips made a perfect match for the trailer for my book, “The Future History of Travel,” for obvious reasons. At 01:11 (wait for it…): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDkpAdlD7WE&feature=player_embedded#!
That ol’ Moon Boss started cookin’ up a batch of Hazzard hospitality, and John Young was droppin’ into the frying pan old Boss had waiting for ‘im.
In space, no one can hear you skidding…
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