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Extension, Fender, Lunar Roving Vehicle, Apollo17

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Boeing Aerospace

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 1 ft. 1 in. wide x 1 ft. deep (33 x 30.5cm)

Materials: Overall: Epoxy-impregnated Fiberglass Resin Synthetic fabric Putty Adhesive Steel Rubber Aluminum Paint

This is one of three fender extensions returned to Earth following the Apollo 17 mission. During the mission one of the four extensions on the Apollo 17 Lunar Roving Vehicle was accidentally dislodged. A substitute was constructed from material aboard the spacecraft. The fender was made of an epoxy-impregnated fiberglass, and attached to the lunar roving vehicle to prevent large quantities of lunar soil from covering the astronauts and the vehicle while in use. The extensions were returned to allow inspection following the mission.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA - Johnson Space Center in 1975.

Transferred from the NASA - Johnson Space Center

Inventory number: A19760009000

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