It was 1969. The space mission was Apollo 11. For the first time, human beings landed and walked on the moon. It was easy to get lost on the moon, though, because everything was gray and white. NASA didn’t let the astronauts go very far from the space craft. The astronauts wanted to explore, so NASA invented a “Moon Buggy”. The moon buggy was called a Lunar Rover Vehicle. It helped the astronauts of the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions to explore much more of the moon’s surface.
The moon buggy was about 10 feet long and 6 feet wide. It weighed 462 pounds on Earth and only about 77 pounds on the moon. Two people could ride in it. The moon buggy’s speed was about 7 miles per hour. There are three moon buggies on the moon today, because they were left behind by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions. They used the “extra space” this gave them to put the samples of moon dust and rocks on the spacecraft. They brought the samples back to Earth, so scientists could study them.