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Lunar Roving Vehicle

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was a battery powered "dune buggy" taken to the moon on Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17. The LRV was stowed on the descent stage of the Lunar Module and deployed upon arrival at the lunar surface. The LRV was operated with a spacecraft "stick," rather than a steering wheel, and could move forward and backwards.

In addition to the flight vehicles, Boeing manufactured eight non-flight units for development and testing. One, the "Qualification Test Unit," was a very close replica of the units that flew. Using special test chambers, engineers purposely subjected the qualification unit to conditions many times as severe as those expected on an actual mission. When the tests were finished, given the stresses it had been subject to, the qualification unit could not safely be used in space. In 1975, NASA transferred it to the Museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Lunar Roving Vehicle, Qualification Test Unit

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Boeing

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Aluminum chassis, zinc-coated piano wire wheels, fiberglass fenders, canvas, nylon, brass

Dimensions

Overall: 4 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide x 8 ft. deep, 980 lb. (121.92 x 152.4 x 243.84cm, 444.5kg)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

Inventory Number

A19760746000