August 08, 2006

Today in Automotive History

1991 Lunar Driver Dies

James B. Irwin, pilot of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, died on this day. Irwin visited the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, during which he spent almost three days on the moon's surface investigating the Hadley-Apennine site, 462 miles north of the lunar equator. The Lunar Rover was a specially designed vehicle used to transport Irwin and David Scott around the moon's surface while collecting rocks and core samples. Irwin died at the age of 61.

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