This Haynes Manual describes a truly unique vehicle – part car, part spacecraft – from its uncertain gestation in the 1960s through its ultimate engineering design and build challenges, to its extraordinary off-road drives through the rugged lunar highlands in the 1970s, when the lives of six human beings depended on it. The absorbing text focuses on the Lunar Rover's engineering, design and operation, and is supported by many technical drawings and stunning images from the rich NASA photographic archive.
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of mankind's final drive on the Moon in December 2012. The background to the Lunar Rover (LRV) project that led to the creation of this revolutionary lightweight electric vehicle, three examples of which still sit on the Moon's surface.
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The three co-authors are a truly expert team. Dr Christopher Riley, a former planetary scientist, is a historian of human space flight and director of over 100 TV programmes on his subject. W. David Woods has studied the engineering behind the Apollo programme for nearly 20 years, and edits and curates NASA's Apollo Flight Journal (AFJ). Phillip Dolling is a multi-award winning Executive Producer at the BBC, responsible for many of the corporation's flagship factual strands. Riley and Dolling were co-authors of Haynes' best-selling Apollo 11 Manual.