Half a century ago, the car driven by astronauts was farther away than any car in the past. Only the other two cars can do this.These used to be NASA’s Lunar rover, and New York Times Notes in its story On the occasion of the anniversary, they are impressive engineering feats in themselves, and they have achieved more scientific exploration than simply walking on the surface.
The two-seater electric stroller partly consists of General Motors With Boeing, the weight must be less than 500 pounds, but it can handle about 1,200 pounds of payload.according to era In the article, the project was approved a few months before the launch of Apollo 11. The two companies were difficult to complete and eventually exceeded their budget. The lunar rover must also be folded up to land on the moon to fit into the 16 cubic feet cargo hold during the descent phase of the lunar module.According to the photo, it seems that you can easily mount it Pickup trucks.
The rover is of course completed, and each of the three examples reached the moon with Apollo 15, 16 and 17. The first rover covered quite a lot of ground. According to NASA, it traveled about 17 miles, This will take a considerable amount of time, because the rover’s top speed is 8.7 mph.Seen on the second trip The mileage is 16.5 and 22 miles respectively respectively.This era The story points out that the distance of the rover will never exceed the distance that an astronaut can walk, just in case something goes wrong. During the first trip, 170 pounds of rock samples were collected and dragged onto the rover. Adding the samples collected in the next two missions, a total of 622 pounds was collected.
This era The story further details the importance of being able to obtain these samples and the freedom provided by the rover. It also includes some explanations about the driving experience and the cultural importance of the rover as a car and not something else, So it’s definitely worth reading.
If you are interested in the connection between cars and moon exploration, We have our own story about how American automakers contributed to the Apollo program. It’s not just General Motors And rover. Chrysler Built Saturn 1B and other rocket engines, Ford To help develop the communication system, General Motors also participated in the very important Apollo guidance system.
Finally, if you want to try to drive a lunar rover by yourself, you may need to look for “Gran Turismo 6″ Suitable for PlayStation 3. The game has some tasks on accurately mapped terrain Continue to drive the lunar rover. Either that, or become an astronaut, and hope that you can continue to perform future manned missions on the moon’s surface.Several future lunar rover are under development, there are some concepts From General Motors along with Toyota and Lexus.