See the Apollo Lunar Rover Like Never Before

The National Air and Space Museum has thoughtfully provided these gorgeous close-up shots of the lunar lander test article in its inventory.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

September 24, 2020

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In addition to the three dune buggy-style Lunar Roving Vehicle's that Boeing built for NASA's Apollo 15,16, and 17 missions in the early 1970s, the contractor also built eight non-flight units for development and testing.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has the Qualification Test Unit, which endured severe testing to confirm the design's suitability for the moon mission, in its inventory (along with Star Trek's U.S.S. Enterprise model).

Now, the museum has photographed the lunar rover so we can get a close look at the astronauts' moon buggy.

NASA LRV on moon.jpg

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Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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