Wheel, Lunar Rover

This is a spare wheel from a lunar roving vehicle (LRV). The LRV was deployed on the moon during Apollo 15, 16 and 17. The tire is made of a woven mesh of zinc-coated piano wire to which titanium treads were riveted in a chevron pattern. This pattern kept the wheels from sinking into the soft lunar soil. The lunar soil proved harder than expected and the wheel treads left tracks about half an inch deep.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in 1975.

Transferred from the Alabama Space and Rocket Center, Hunsville, Ala.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Boeing Aerospace

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Wheel: Zinc coated steel piano wire; titanium treads
Fender: Epoxy-impregnated fiberglass
Aluminum
Steel
Resin
Rubber
Dimensions
Approximate: 2 ft. 5 1/2 in. diameter, 20 lb. (74.93cm, 9.1kg)

This is a spare wheel from a lunar roving vehicle (LRV). The LRV was deployed on the moon during Apollo 15, 16 and 17. The tire is made of a woven mesh of zinc-coated piano wire to which titanium treads were riveted in a chevron pattern. This pattern kept the wheels from sinking into the soft lunar soil. The lunar soil proved harder than expected and the wheel treads left tracks about half an inch deep.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in 1975.

Transferred from the Alabama Space and Rocket Center, Hunsville, Ala.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Boeing Aerospace

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Wheel: Zinc coated steel piano wire; titanium treads
Fender: Epoxy-impregnated fiberglass
Aluminum
Steel
Resin
Rubber
Dimensions
Approximate: 2 ft. 5 1/2 in. diameter, 20 lb. (74.93cm, 9.1kg)

ID: A19750830000