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.
SV ZOOM IN TO CU.. astronauts John Young and Charles Duke being dressed in space suits beside mock-up of lunar landing craft
SV Mock-up lunar landing module with astronaut lowering moon rover
SV Moon rover ready for action ZOOM OUT TO MV.. astronauts around module mock-up
SCU astronauts testing equipment
SV Astronauts driving moon rover away from mock-up lunar landing craft
MV Astronauts on rover
LV Astronauts and rover out of building and along road
MV Moon rover past camera
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Background: 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.