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See Pictures Of The First Car On The Moon That Has A Price Tag Of $66.2m

GOwiszy 06/24/2020

As amazing as that first moon landing was in 1969, the arrival of the Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRV) in the subsequent missions gave the astronauts tremendous capability to explore the Moon's surface far beyond Apollo landing sites. 

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) is a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. They are popularly known as "Moon buggies", a play on the words "dune buggy".


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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The first LRV joined the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971, and with two more blasting into space for Apollo 16 and the final lunar mission, Apollo 17.

The Lunar Roving Vehicle, jointly developed by Boeing and General Motors, was technically a car as it has four wheels and two seats.

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But instead of using solid rubber tyres, a metallic mesh tyre was developed to allow the rover cruise easily through the Moon's powder-like surface.

Built by Boeing, each LRV weighs 460 pounds (210 kg) (on Earth) without payload. It could carry a maximum payload mass of 1,080 pounds (490 kg) including two astronauts, equipment, and lunar samples; and was designed for a top speed of 8 miles per hour (13 km/h), although it actually achieved a top speed of 11.2 miles per hour (18.0 km/h) on its last mission, Apollo 17. They were transported to the Moon folded up in the Lunar Module's Quadrant 1 Bay. After being unpacked, they were driven an average distance of 30 km on each of the three missions, without major incident.

These three LRVs remain on the Moon.

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Unlike most modern Electric cars like Tesla Model X that has rechargeable powerpacks, the LRV's two zinc-silver batteries are not rechargeable. It has a total output was 8.7 kWh, and will go 56 miles (90 kilometers) before dieing. 

The Lunar Roving Vehicle had a mass of 210 kg and was designed to hold a payload of an additional 490 kg on the lunar surface. The frame was 3.1 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.3 meters. The maximum height was 1.14 meters. The frame was made of aluminum alloy 2219 tubing welded assemblies and consisted of a 3 part chassis which was hinged in the center so it could be folded up and hung in the Lunar Module quad 1 bay. It had two side-by-side foldable seats made of tubular aluminum with nylon webbing and aluminum floor panels. An armrest was mounted between the seats, and each seat had adjustable footrests and a velcro seatbelt. A large mesh dish antenna was mounted on a mast on the front center of the rover. The suspension consisted of a double horizontal wishbone with upper and lower torsion bars and a damper unit between the chassis and upper wishbone. Fully loaded the LRV had a ground clearance of 36 cm. 

Four LRVs were built, three of which went to the Moon and are still there. They drove a combined distance of 57 miles (91.7 km) and none of them failed to get astronauts back safely. 

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The entire LRV fleet had a price tag of $38m (₦13.7b) , which in 2019 would equate to approximately $265m (₦95.8b) or about $66.2m (₦23.9b) per Rover.

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