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Apollo Lunar Rover

Apollo 15 landed on the Moon on July 26, 1971.  Apollo 15 lunar module "Falcon" carried with it the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV).  The Apollo Program produced a number of engineering marvels and the lunar rover was no exception.  The design specifications alone presented a number of challenges.  In addition to weight restrictions, the 10 foot long rover and its 7.5 foot wheelbase needed to fit in a 5 foot tall and 5 foot wide pie-shaped compartment in the Falcon's descent stage.  The lunar rover's chassis was designed around three frames that could be folded for the trip to the Moon.  After landing, the rover's chassis and wheels unfolded like a beach chair.  Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin logged 17 miles (28 km) exploring the Hadley-Apennine landing site on the electric-powered 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering "moon buggy."