THE TENTH MAN ON THE MOON DRIVES HIS FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE ON EARTH

January 05, 2021

When Duke descended from the Orion lunar module onto the Cayley Plains landing site, he became only the tenth person in human history to set foot on the Moon. He and fellow astronaut James Young would go on to spend over 70 hours on the lunar surface, during which time they conducted numerous research missions and extensive evaluation of the LRV, or Lunar Roving Vehicle.

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“In my view the rover was the first real reliable, rugged and dependable electric car,” Duke says today. “It had two batteries and about 100amp hours of power. Each wheel had its own independent suspension and the tyres were made out of wire, which I thought was crazy at first. But somebody had an ingenious idea because wire tyres would dig into the dust which gave you really good traction.”

UP ON THE MOON THE CAR ONLY WEIGHED 80LBS ... SO YOU COULD PICK IT UP ...

CHARLIE DUKE

July 2021 marks 50 years since the first LRV drove on the moon, with Duke’s mission being only the second outing of its kind

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