• Short Summary

    Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin stepped out on the moon on Saturday (31 July) and took the first-ever moon drive, in their electrically powered car, the Lunar Rover.

  • Description

    Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin stepped out on the moon on Saturday (31 July) and took the first-ever moon drive, in their electrically powered car, the Lunar Rover.

    The astronauts survived several small problems to drive the car to the edge of the Hadley Rille, a large gorge near the moon's range of Appennine Mountains. Their scheduled seven-hour journey was delayed at the outset, when the astronauts had trouble unpacking the lunar Rover. With that solved, they discovered that the front-wheel steering was not functioning. The rear-wheel steering was not affected, however, and after loading the Rover with equipment, they began their exploration.

    Their 12 million dollar (5 million sterling) vehicle carried them along at speeds up to seven miles per hour (12 Kilometres per hour). A television camera, mounted on the Rover and controlled by Earth technicians, followed the astronauts when they left the Rover to collect rock samples. Because of the initial delays, the moon drive was shortened by 30 minutes.

    This was the first of three excursions in the Lunar Rover. The astronauts plan to lift-off the moon on 2 August for the journey home and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 7 August.

    This film was telerecorded from a Eurovision satellite transmission.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZYDC2QEFM4NDCABEJQ0MV5WJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZYDC2QEFM4NDCABEJQ0MV5WJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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