Why does it take three years to develop a new car, when it shares 90% of its "DNA" with the previous model? Why does it take six years to develop a new airplane when it shares 90% of its "DNA" with the previous model?
Until about five years ago, the moon was thought to be bone dry. However, the anhydrous view of the moon has been challenged by detections of water on the lunar surface and in rocks and soil returned by the Apollo missions.
I was 10 years old when the moon first beckoned to me. The call came in the guise of a homework assignment. Miss Lusk, my much-loved fourth grade teacher, told us one propitious day to go home and compose a poem.
You shot yourself in the foot by calling them Space Shuttles. "Shuttles" don't boldly go where no man has gone before, they go to Chicago, and occasionally bring you from Parking Lot T to the front entrance of the State Fair.
Their appeal and fan base is definitely growing, whether or not it'll be enough to make them a hit in the U.S. still remains to be seen, but in the meantime founders Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are certainly enjoying the ride.