In one show, when the machine was begun at the backside of the overhang, when it left the shed entry it was cruising through the air. Afterward, eyewitnesses watched it turn down a dirt road like a vehicle, the tail slide having been supplanted by a wheel, accordingly exhibiting how effectively the proprietor of such a machine could drive it from his home to any open spot for departure.
At present the “flivver” is driven at a speed of 100 miles an hour by a three-chamber air-cooled engine. This will be supplanted, it is said, by a two-chamber motor that will decrease the heaviness of the machine to 310 pounds. . . .
How soon we will fly our own machines depends, specialists concur, on how rapidly idiot proof machines can catch public certainty. When that certainty has been acquired and public interest made, amount creation and lower costs will be conceivable. The brilliant history of the vehicle will be rehashed in the air.
The creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey was just not entirely serious. He asserts that a picture created by the Mars Global Surveyor satellite shows “huge areas of vegetation . . . like banyan trees.” Most specialists excuse the thought. Be that as it may, Popular Science cherishes a nonconformist, particularly one as skilled and enchanting as Sir Arthur. We addressed him in Sri Lanka by means of email.
Famous Science What makes you so certain there is life on Mars?
Arthur C. Clarke The picture is striking to the point that there is no compelling reason to say anything regarding it – it’s clearly vegetation to any fair-minded eye.
PS What about creature life?
AC If there is vegetation, it appears to be plausible there are other life-structures also.
PS Few specialists concur with you.
AC Remember how a specific Astronomer Royal said that space flight was ‘utter bilge’?
(For sure, Richard van der Reit Wooley said so in 1956 – Ed.) But they are on the whole correct to be mindful – we actually don’t have 100% confirmation. I believe it’s in the high nineties!