The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was a battery powered "dune buggy" taken to the moon on Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17. The LRV was stowed on the descent stage of the Lunar Module and deployed upon arrival at the lunar surface. The LRV was operated with a spacecraft "stick," rather than a steering wheel, and could move forward and backwards. In addition to the flight vehicles, Boeing manufactured eight non-flight units for development and testing. One, the "Qualification Test Unit," was a very close replica of the units that flew. Using special test chambers, engineers purposely subjected the qualification unit to conditions many times as severe as those expected on an actual mission. When the tests were finished, given the stresses it had been subject to, the qualification unit could not safely be used in space. In 1975, NASA transferred it to the Museum.
Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin salutes the U.S. flag. Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed U.S. flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The flag was deployed toward the end of EVA-2. The Lunar Module "Falcon" is partially visible on the right. Hadley Delta in the background rises approximately 4,000 meters (about 13,124 feet) above the plain. The base of the mountain is approximately 5 kilometers (about 3 statute miles) away. This photograph was taken by Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander.
Photograph taken at Nevada Test Site, Area 20, near Schooner crater. Apollo 16 astronauts train in the Lunar rover in terrain simulating the moon.
This photograph is a view of a display, control console, and hand controller for the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) No. 2.
Astronaut John W. Young, Commander of the Apollo 16 mission, replaces tools in the hand tool carrier at the aft end of the "Rover" Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during the second Apollo 16 extravehicular activity (EVA-2) at the Descartes landing site. This photograph was taken by Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot. Smokey Mountain, with the large Ravine crater on its flank, is in the left background. This view is looking Northeast.
Image from Apollo 15, taken by Commander David Scott at the end of EVA-1. Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin is seen with the Lunar Roving Vehicle, with Mount Hadley in the background. Seen on the back of the Rover are two SCBs mounted on the gate, along with the rake, both pairs of tongs, the extension handle with scoop probably attached, and the penetrometer. Note that the TV camera is pointed down, in the stowed position.
Apollo 17 This picture shows Gene Cernan passing between Jack Schmitt and the LM during the initial test drive of the lunar rover. Note the raised geopost behind the seats
Lunar rover near station 8 Apollo 17. This picture shows the TV camera pointed off to the left and the high-gain antenna pointed back towards Earth, which is over the South Massif. The low-gain antenna, which is partially hidden by the high-gain is also pointed at Earth. The SEP antenna is behind Schmitt's seat and the rake for the explosive charges is visible on the back of the Rover. The East Massif is at the upper right. The dark blemish on the East Massif foothill above and slightly to the right of the SEP antenna is the outcrop area that Cernan notes as he and Schmittk leave Station 8
Astronaut James B. Irwin, Lunar Module pilot, works at the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the first Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA-1) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The shadow of the Lunar Module "Falcon" is in the foreground. This view is looking northeast, with Mount Hadley in the background. This photograph was taken by Astronaut David R. Scott, Commander.
Apollo 17 Station 6 lunar rover : This photo shows the rake and the seismic charge transporter behind conductors seat and, behind passenger's seat, the SEP receiving antenna. In the gap behind the seats, the thermal cover for the top of the SEP receiver hangs down in the open position..LRV Sampler can be seen on the far side of the console and the maps can be seen just below the low-gain antenna.
A close-up photograph showing the chevron shaped treads on a wheel designed for an Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
The commemorative placard on the righthand side of the Rover's console, which reads: "Man's First Wheels on the Moon. Delivered by Falcon, July 30, 1971".