Awesome Video Footage Of The Lunar Roving Vehicle Driving On The Moon
Awesome footage of the Apollo 16 Lunar Roving Vehicle rolling about the surface of the moon.
The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972.
The Rover was transported to the Moon on the Apollo Lunar Module and, once unpacked on the surface, could carry one or two astronauts, their equipment, and lunar samples.
The rover was designed with a top speed of 8 mph (13 km/h), although Eugene Cernan recorded a maximum speed of 11.2 mph (18.0 km/h), giving him the unofficial lunar land-speed record.
It had a range of 22 miles (26 km).
An operational constraint on the use of the rover was that the astronauts must be able to walk back to the Lunar Module if the rover were to fail at any (called the "Walkback Limit").
This is why it never went further than 4.7 miles (7.6 km) from the Lunar Module.
The three Lunar Rovers still remain on the Moon.
Source: Apollo Mission 16mm High Definition Transfers
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