When this person drove the car on the surface of the moon!

It was a Moon Buggy.

Astronomer Fred Hoyle once said that if you could drive a car at 95 km/h, it would only take an hour to go into space and 6 months to reach the moon.
Chandrayaan-3 is moving fast in the moon’s orbit, and every moment this vehicle is getting closer to the moon with India’s hopes. In such a situation, people are curious about all the information coming from the Moon. Questions about water, life and the moon have always been on people’s minds, and the search for this information continues to this day. But have you ever thought that if you had the chance to drive a car on the Moon, what would that experience be like? If you haven’t thought about it until now, think about it once…
Today, we’re going to tell you about such a person and this incident, who not only traveled to the moon, some 3.84 lakh kilometers from the earth, but also drove a car on the moon’s surface. We’re talking about “David” Randolph Scott, who spent 546 hours and 54 minutes of his life in space and became the first person to drive on the lunar surface during the Apollo-15 mission in 1971. This was no ordinary car, but a “Moon Rover” vehicle designed to help explore the moon.
The date is July 31, 1971, when Scott drove a vehicle to the Moon, becoming the first person in the world to do so. David Randolph Scott, American engineer, test pilot and NASA astronaut, was born on June 6, 1932. Scott became the seventh man to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 15 mission, which was the fourth manned lunar landing.

Scott was the first of the Group 3 astronauts – the third group of astronauts selected by NASA in 1963 – to fly, and he was also the first person to command his mission. Along with Commander Neil Armstrong, Scott also piloted the Gemini 8 flight (March 16, 1966), giving him comprehensive experience of lunar missions.
Scott also served as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 9 in 1969 with Commander James McDivitt and Lunar Module Pilot Russell Schweickart, completing the Earth Orbit Qualification and Verification test by the fully configured Apollo spacecraft. The Apollo mission was the first to carry out this test.
Apollo 15 mission and lunar surface drive:

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:34 a.m. (local time). Randolph Scott, lunar module pilot James Irwin and command module pilot Alfred Worden took part in the mission. After a journey of around 4 days, the team of Scott and Irwin Hadley landed on the moon’s surface at the foot of the Apennines, near a valley called Riele.

After landing on the surface, the crew first surveyed the surrounding area using the Lunar Rover and were allowed to move away from the Lunar Module (LM). Scott and Irwin used “Rover-1” to carry their instruments to make selenological observations of Hadley Ridge and parts of the Apennines that stretch across the lunar surface. During this mission, they came very close to the Moon’s surface.

82 kg of Chand material was collected.

How the vehicle worked on the lunar surface:

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), also known as the “Moon Buggy”, had been under development since May 1969, with responsibility assigned to Boeing. Boeing is the same American company that designs, manufactures and sells airplanes, helicopters, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment and missiles worldwide. However, as far as the LRV is concerned, it weighed 209 kg when landing on the lunar surface and 700 kg when carrying two astronauts and their equipment.
A 200 W electric motor was used in each wheel of this roving vehicle. It could travel at speeds of 10 to 12 km/h. Any astronaut could operate it, but the commander was in charge. The special feature of the Lunar Roving Vehicle is that it took just 17 months to prepare, and ran smoothly on the Moon’s surface. Thanks to the Lunar Roving Vehicle, the Apollo-15 astronauts covered a distance of around 28 km in three separate sorties, spending over 17 hours outside their lunar module. The team returned to Earth on August 7.


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