Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the final installment of the highly acclaimed documentary series “Moon Machines” which focuses on the design and development of the novel Lunar Roving vehicle carried to the Moon on the Apollo J-class missions commencing with the Apollo 15 mission.
The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) or lunar rover was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon during the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 72. It was popularly known as the moon buggy, which was a play-on-words of dune buggy. The LRV could carry one or two astronauts, their equipment, and lunar samples.
Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program, the fourth mission to land on the Moon and the eighth successful manned mission. It was also the first “J series” mission that deployed the Lunar Rover with 3 day lunar stay and extensive geology investigations at its landing site at Hadley Rille.
Moon Machines – The Lunar Rover