Wheel, Lunar Rover


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Wheel, Lunar Rover

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

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


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Wheel: Zinc coated steel piano wire; titanium treads
  • Fender: Epoxy-impregnated fiberglass
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Resin
  • Rubber


  • 3-D (Wheel): 24 × 80cm (9 7/16 × 31 1/2 in.)
  • 3-D (Fender): 79 × 27 × 45cm (31 1/8 × 10 5/8 × 17 11/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components