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Rover of Apollo 17. Learn from experience

Rover of Apollo 17. Learn from experience

In December 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours exploring the Moon's Taurus-Littrow Valley, while their colleague Ronald Evans orbited above their heads.

Cernan and Schmitt were the last human beings to walk or travel by car on the Moon, aided in their explorations by a Vehicle for the Moonwalk.

The lunar rover, with its skeletal appearance, was barely more than 3 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and easily carried astronauts, equipment and rock samples in the low gravity of the Moon (1/6 of the land).

In this photo, Cernan is standing behind the vehicle that carried the two astronauts in chairs in the style of those used to sit in the garden. An umbrella-shaped high gain antenna and a TV camera are mounted to the front.

Powered by four 1/4 hp electric motors, one for each wheel, this vehicle was driven for a total of approx. 29 kilometers across the lunar surface. Its maximum estimated speed was almost 13 kilometers per hour.

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