Published: December 13, 2019
Total Running Time: 00:02:57
Take a tour of this life-size celestial flying machine—The Exploratory Moon-Probe Lunacyle: M.A.U.D. (Manually Activated Universal Deviator). This centerpiece of Curious Contraptions: Flights of Fancy, is made of everyday objects and features several “scientific instruments": a dustpan to sweep up moon dust, a device to check the composition of cheese on the moon, a cat to provide guidance on gravity, and a rotary zodiac to aid in navigation.
Rowland Emett (1906–1990) was a cartoonist and kinetic sculptor known for his fantastical machines. In 1968 he was hired to design many of the inventions in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and dreamed up new modes of transportation for the rest of his career.