The first two-seater Moon car that will give Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin an easier time on the moon in July, has been tested and is now ready for further trials at Cape Kennedy.
CU lunar vehicle licence plate 'No. I"
SV & CU wheels (3 shots) gauze tyres
SCU & CU instrument panel
TV audience PAN to vehicle (2 shots)
LV Dr. Rees speaking at microphone
CU Dr. Rees speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: DR. REES: "The project begun just a short 17 months ago. The unprecedented challenge was a tough one, to build a car to transport the astronauts and their scientific equipment and the lunar assemblies around the moon. The successful use of a vehicle driven by man can increase the scientific worth of the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions many times over."
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Background: The first two-seater Moon car that will give Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin an easier time on the moon in July, has been tested and is now ready for further trials at Cape Kennedy.
The car will allow the astronauts to travel a distance of three miles from the landing site of the lunar module, which is the maximum distance dictated by their ability to walk back in case of complete breakdown. It has been designed to carry twice its own weight on the moon -- the two astronauts and their gear, 100 lbs of scientific equipment, and 70 lbs of moon rooks. A normal Earth car carries about half of its own weight.