Driving on the Moon

Driving on the Moon

Fig. 5.19 . Lunar rovers were used to travel across the Moon’s rugged terrain, gathering rocks from a wide variety of locations. In this image, Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin (1930-1991) prepares to take a lunar rover for a drive. The lunar module "Falcon" is at the left side of this image. The St. George Crater is located about 5 kilometers behind Irwin, and the lunar mountains Hadley Delta and Appennine Front are in the background at the left. The rovers were left on the Moon. Free from wind, rain and rust, they will remain intact for millions of years; one might even imagine a returning astronaut using one that was discarded hundreds of years before. (Courtesy of NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University