The Mitsubishi MMR25 has a 8×4 wheel drive, so that the car can be driven forward while pointing in any direction. It can drive sidewise into a corner, and features special Oblique Aerodynamics.
What is this "behemoth"?
This is "The Huron King": a vacuum chamber that was holding a satellite inside - for a test of space vacuum and radioactivity exposure... on a nuclear test site at Yucca Flat, 105 km from Las Vegas, Nevada:
"A scuba divers swims under thick ice covering a flooded former quarry. The rays of sunshine can be seen bursting through a hole cut into the ice. The light also radiates along a series of lines on the surface of the ice, created by clearing away some of the settled snow. Divers use the circles and lines above to help them find their way back to the hole in Ekaterinburg, Russia."
Believed to be 4.2 billion years old, this unique find has a most incredible history. Steve Jurvetson writes:
"It is the result of the violent destruction of what would otherwise have been a planet during the formation of our solar system. It comes from the boundary between the silica rich mantle and the iron-nickel core of a now extinct planet, torn away by a catastrophic impact with another planet or asteroid. A mix of solid stone forming olivine crystals (37% by weight) in suspension in liquid metal (iron-nickel) was flung into space to cool over millions of years in a vacuum and zero gravity, forming this beautiful mixture (which could not be created on Earth).
This is a 3 kg end piece (cut and polished) of the Brahin meteorite fall that was first discovered in 1807 by farmers and sent to the local university scientists. During World War II, German soldiers stole samples in Kiev, and others disappeared in Minsk."
The following is a short round-up of the best from our Facebook stream (which we update every day with unique material, not available on DRB otherwise):
Courtesy one of our readers Zach Linton, this photo shows the "monorail locomotive" built for the Bradford and Fosterbrook Railway. "Despite looking like a regular four wheeled locomotive, in reality the cylinders drove two gears which drove a large roller type wheel":
"Cumulonimbus Incus" anvil cloud, seen in Mykonos, Greece:
The "Sharokhod" by Engineer Kashalov, Russia, 1978
Reinventing the wheel: a spherical mobile unit -
(images via "Tekhinka Molodezhi", 1978)
Goodyear Aircraft test pilot Richard Ulm puts the Inflatoplane prototype through its paces in 1956. Made of rubberized nylon fabric, the plane pumped up like a tire and folded up in a bundle after us e- more info:
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