July 31st

On this day in 1971, the first US Lunar Rover touched down on the moon.

The Lunar Rover, commonly called the moon buggy, was part of the Apollo 15 mission, as well as similar models being used in missions 16 & 17 – the three rovers remain on the moon to this day.
The Moon Buggy was beaten to the punch by Neil Armstrong, not 2 years beforehand, and a Soviet rover in November 1970.

This moment in history marked the beginning of human space exploration beyond the moon – one giant leap for mankind.


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