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Lunar Rover Load Out At Lem Module

Lunar Rover Load Out At Lem Module (Space)

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The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) or lunar rover (popularly known as the moon buggy) was a 4-wheeled rover used on the Moon during the last three missions (15, 16, and 17) of the Apollo program in the early 1970 (49 years ago).

The LRV could carry one or two astronauts, their equipment, and lunar samples.

Current locations

Several rovers were created for testing, training or validation purposes. The engineering mockup is on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The Qualification Test Unit is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The rover used for vibration testing is on display in the Davidson Saturn V Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Additional test unit are on display at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Replicas of rovers are on display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. A replica on loan from the Smithsonian Institution is on display at the Mission Space attraction at the Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

Four flight ready rovers were manufactured. The rover used on Apollo 15 was left on the lunar surface at Hadley-Apennine (26.10 N, 3.65 E). The rover used on Apollo 16 was left on the lunar surface at Descartes (8.99 S, 15.51 E). The rover used on Apollo 17 was left on the lunar surface at Taurus-Littrow (20.16 N, 30.76 E). The fourth lunar rover manufactured for the Apollo program was not flown and resides today in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


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