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The first US roving vehicle used for space exploration went to the moon on Apollo 15 (July 30, 1971) and was driven by astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin


Lunar Roving Vehicle Lunar Roving Vehicle
LRV - Luna Roving Vehicle at JPL prior to launch LRV in action on the lunar surface

While the Luna Rover was designed to be driven by Astronauts like a dune buggy, cheaper unmanned, or autonomous rovers were also being developed. Such Rovers shared a lot in common with the Luna Rover – Size being the most obvious.


    An Early Rover prototype from the 1960's

Luna Roving VehicalThe Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was an electric vehicle designed to operate in the low-gravity vacuum of the Moon and to be capable of traversing the dusty lunar surface. The "Moon Buggy" was designed to fold up inside the tight confines of the Lunar Module and, was able to travel 50 km across the Moon's cratered terrain and carry more than its own weight in moon rocks and passengers. Three of NASA's lunar rovers are still on the Moon, waiting patiently for the day that humans return for another wild ride.

Luna Roving Vehical




The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 initiated humanity's study of the Red Planet more than 30 years ago when it flew by Mars at a distance of about 6,000 miles on July 14, 1965, taking the first close-up images of another planet.
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