Friday, January 18
Carlust: "The Chariot" was a real, full-sized, fully operational vehicle, both in real-life and in the 1960s' fictional future. It was used to transport the Robinson family, pilot Don West, the robot, and the conniving Dr. Smith to virtually anywhere on whatever planet they would happen to be crash-landed on that week [...] The Chariot actually did have an association with genuine outer space adventures. The Chariot's manufacturer, Thiokol, later became Morton-Thiokol and in 1974 was granted contract to build the reusable solid rocket boosters (SRBs) for the space shuttles. Thiokol also built the airbags used by the Mars Pathfinder to land on the red planet, as well as other propulsion devices, including ejector seats. BONUS: HORRIBLE CREATURES!