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Lunar and Planetary Rovers

The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars

Young, Anthony

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2007, XXV, 305 p.

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This book fills a need for a complete history of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, drawing on many photographs never before published. It also tells the story of the robotic rovers used on Mars, and concludes with a description of the new designs of rovers planned for The New Vision for Exploration now underway at NASA.

The author discusses the influence of art and images in both books and magazines that sparked interest in manned space travel. The Cold War launched the Space Race and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions are provided in overview as a prelude to following chapters.

Chapter One explains the early concepts of a lunar rover even before the start of Apollo. Chapter Two details the testing undertaken by the astronauts with the 1-G trainer in desert environments as well as simulators, and at Kennedy Space Center. Chapters Three, Four and Five cover Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 respectively, with the successful use of the LRV on the moon. Chapter Six describes the engineering of the Martian robotic rovers Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity. Chapter Seven covers the future use of manned and unmanned rovers in NASA’s New Visi

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Planet - design - moon - relativistic jet - space - space exploration

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Geophysics & Geodesy - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

From concept to reality.- The Lunar Roving Vehicle subsystems.- Training for the Moon.- To the Hadley Plains.- Mysterious and unknown Descartes.- Destiny at Taurus-Littrow.- The quest for Mars.- The Vision for Space Exploration.

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