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Wheel, Lunar Rover


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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:

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.

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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


Credit Line

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


  • 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.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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