The following photograph shows the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on the Moon. Credit: NASA
NASA’s Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin were the first humans to drive on the surface of the Moon 40 years ago on July 30, 1971.
According to a recent Space.com article, the Apollo 15 mission was the fourth mission to land humans on our lunar neighbor. It was also the first of three missions to use Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRVs). The rover had a mass of about 460 pounds and was designed to fold up so it could fit inside a compartment of the Lunar Module.
Rover technology has greatly enhanced since the landing, but the lessons learned from NASA’s first Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRVs) are still applicable today.
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