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.
SV Scott out of LEM onto moon
GV Lunar Rover being opened out
LEM in foreground with Lunar Rover passing in background
GV Astronauts loading Lunar Rover and setting up antenna on Rover
SV Astronauts loading Lunar Rover
GV PAN Hadley Rille
The sound on film is the communication between the astronauts and ground control.
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Background: 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.