Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke spent some hours training in a new lunar rover last Thursday (23 December) at Kennedy Space Centre.
Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke spent some hours training in a new lunar rover last Thursday (23 December) at Kennedy Space Centre. The training session was watched by journalists and cameramen. This coverage was supplied by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through NBC.
SYNOPSIS: Apollo 16 astronauts John Young, and Charles Duke put on their spacesuits last Thursday and invited newsman to watch them train for Man's next visit to the lunar surface in March. Inside a training building at the base of the lunar module Young and Duke pulled on lanyards to automatically deploy the lunar rover's feet from a small compartment. With weight and space limited, the lunar jeep must be folded away for the quarter of a million-mile journey. Once the lunar rover had been properly set up the astronauts boarded a training model and practised driving the vehicle.
When the two astronauts reach the moon next March, they hope to drive the battery-powered jeep around a broad plateau in the moon's central highlands and a landing site near the centre of the moon facing earth.
To get better acquainted with the lunar rover, Young and Duke drove the jeep out of the building to a special lot which had been landscaped to simulate the surface of the moon. The jeep travelled at up to 10 miles-an-hour, and the two men seemed to have little difficulty manoeuvring.