The Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle and 40 years of Planetary Locomotion
This lecture tells the story of the most exotic wheeled vehicle ever designed and built. Costing $38million, the equivalent of over $450 million today, to manufacture just three, it is also the most expensive car in history. For whilst these unique automobiles had wheels, they were in every other sense spacecraft; constructed out of high spec aerospace materials to operate in an alien gravity field and a hard vacuum, on an extra-terrestrial landscape blanketed with abrasive dust. The length of a Cadillac, yet ingeniously designed to fold into a space the size of an estate car trunk, for shipment to the Moon, the Lunar Roving Vehicles epitomised the can-do spirit of Apollo.
To coincide with the 40th anniversary of its last drive on the Moon Christopher Riley, and David Woods will describe the unique story of the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle, and its legacy; the subject of their new book from Haynes.
The lecture will be proceeded by a book signing, where uniquely, all three authors will be available to sign copies and answer questions.
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