|American astronaut Jim Irwin salutes the U.S. flag while on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 15 twelve day mission July 26-Aug. 6, 1971. Moon lander "Falcon" in background next to NASA's first moon rover. Photo: Astronaut David Scott.|
Lunar Roving Vehicle first used on the Moon
On this day in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts James B. Irwin (riding shotgun) and driver David Scott first used the four-wheeled battery-powered Lunar Roving Vehicle to extensively explore the Moon's surface, in particular the Hadley-Apennine site.
Decades later interviews with the crew's third member Al Worden reported the LRV often had two-wheel airborne during the drive, which maxed out at about 6 mph. Also, it was scary to learn today’s i-phone has way, way more computer power than the landing crew had on liftoff from the moon, said Worden.
Learn more about the lunar roving vehicle in Earl Swift’s new book Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings (Custom House, 2021).
APOLLO 15 Flight Details CLICK HERE.
|ONE OWNER. Built by General Motors and Boeing the LRV has very low mileage (17.5 miles) while traveling on the surface of the moon.|
|TROUGHS. Hadley Rille is shown above Apollo 15’s LRV. The rille a deep lava channel created a very long time ago. This Rille is viewed from Apollo 14 command module (photo below) and can be seen even with amateur telescopes from Earth. |