The United States Apollo 14 moon mission which blasts off from Cape Kennedy on January 31 next year, will be carrying with it a revolutionary new lunar vehicle.
LV Edgar Mitchell (astronaut) on stage with mooncart
CU PULL BACK Cart
SV Mitchell demonstrates car
GV Press conference
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MITCHELL: "First of all we have four which weigh bags to put our samples in two on the back, one on each side--so that we can drop in the nearest one when we've completed documenting samples. We have stowage on this side of the MET for our two Hasselblad lunar surface cameras, most of the time those mount on an RCU bracket right in front of you, when you're doing things with your hands those cameras get in the way, so we need a place to stow them. That's stowage for two of them. We have stowage here, although I don't have them mounted at the moment, stowage for two extra magazines for those cameras. We have in the middle as extra scoop for picking up certain types of samples. This bit of stowage is being evaluated now. There used to be other equipment stowed there and recent changes have indicated we might want to carry this scoop in that position and it's working out very nicely."
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Background: The United States Apollo 14 moon mission which blasts off from Cape Kennedy on January 31 next year, will be carrying with it a revolutionary new lunar vehicle. The vehicle, known as a Mobile Equipment Transporter--or MET--was unveiled for the first time at Washington Press Conference on Friday (October 16).
Prime crewmen on the mission--the sixth American manned flight to the moon--are Spacecraft Commander Alan B. Shepard, Command Module pilot Stuart A Roosa and Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell. Shepard and Mitchell will use the two-wheeled cart to increase their mobility while carrying out their range of duties on the surface of the moon.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (N.A.S.A.) which developed the MET claims the vehicle will double the walking range of the Apollo 14 astronauts and greatly increase the amount of moon material they can bring back. The vehicles uses were explained to newsmen by Edgar Mitchell.