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126329
(APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM.)

Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

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Published: Seattle, WA & Huntsville, AL. Boeing & NASA, 1971

Stock Code: 126329

£1,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First and perhaps only edition of this wonderful promotional brochure touting the first manned extraterrestrial automotive vehicle. Extremely uncommon, no other copy traced. Developed by Boeing and General Motors, the LRV was an electric vehicle with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, a rudimentary navigation system, airless tyres, and a theoretical operational range of 57 miles, utilising rechargeable silver-zinc potassium hydroxide batteries, weighing in at just 480 pounds "earth weight" or 80 "moon weight". The contract was awarded by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in July, 1969, and within less than a year and a half the two companies were able to design and build a lander. Apollo 15 was the fourth mission to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission. Using the Lunar Rover they were able to collect 77 kilos of moon rock and surface material. Although the vehicle's top speed is advertised as 8 m.p.h., Eugene Cernan recorded a maximum speed of 11.2, giving him the unofficial lunar land-speed record. Without the LRV most of the major scientific discoveries made by the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions on the surface of the Moon would not have been possible.

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Description

Landscape octavo. 16 pages. Wire-stitched in the original sepia, textured card wrappers.

Illustrations

Numerous illustrations and diagrams to the text. Two-sided Boeing spec sheet loosely inserted

Condition

Very good indeed.

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