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Ride Shotgun With John Young During His Apollo 16 Grand Prix

Take a ride across the Moon with Apollo 16 commander John Young in this video, a stabilized version of NASA 16mm film footage captured during the first EVA of the mission on April 21, 1972. In what’s called the “lunar Grand Prix” Young pilots the Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV, across the dusty terrain of the Descartes highlands, the vehicle’s metal-mesh wheels kicking up plumes of regolith in the near-vacuum and 1/6th Earth gravity environment of the Moon.

If it looks like Young is just having a “grand” time, I’m sure he is—but he wasn’t just hot-rodding. Part of the mission was to evaluate the performance of the LRV with hard turn maneuvers and sudden stops.

Built for NASA by Boeing, the LRVs were stored in a folded position belowdecks on the descent stage of the Landing Modules during the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. They allowed astronauts to cover a much wider area, carry more equipment, and collect more samples while exploring the lunar surface than they could on foot—er, boot. During Apollo 16 John Young and Charlie Duke drive a total of 16.6 miles (26.7 km) during over 20 hours of EVAs. Learn more about the Apollo LRVs here.

Video via YouTube user britoca

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on April 21, 2016, in Spaceflight, The Moon and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. John:
    Have you seen my web page?
    Here it is: http://www.knology.net/~skeetv
    I have a section on the Lunar Rover.
    I was a member of the NASA MSFC Lunar Rover Project Team.
    I provided the Lunar Surface Design Criteria for the Rover Design Team.
    Otha H “Skeet” Vaughan Jr

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