Friday, July 31, 2009

Today in Space 1971
First Lunar Rover Driven on Moon

July 31, 1971 - First Lunar Rover (LRV-1) driven on the moon by Scott & Irwin. First EVA started at 8:13 CDT and began with the collection of the contingency sample (last flight they did this) and then deployment of the Lunar Rover. Details below on its deployment - very cool video and graphics! Activities included a 10.3-kilometer geological traverse and the deployment of lunar surface experiments. Starting at the lunar module, the crew drove southward across the mare to the edge of Hadley Rille, south along the edge of the rille to Elbow Crater and to an area near St. George Crater. The return route was past Elbow Crater and directly across the mare to the lunar module. The EVA lasted approximately 6 hours, 33 minutes, ending at 3:46 p.m. LRV-1 total distance for three EVAs 27.9 km - 3 hours, 2 minutes of drive time. Very cool Traverse Map!

Cool animation of how the rover gets deployed.
Actual video of the same thing.

Amazing Lunar Surface Journal online!
The Lunar Rover Handbook
Lunar Rover image with definitions.
Another neat image with itemizations.
Air & space Museum description page on the Lunar Rover where those drawings came from.

Excellent source for Apollo 15 Extravehicular Activities.
Cool Air & Space Museum Site on Apollo 15.
Good site about Lunar Rovers.

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