The first car on the moon landed 50 years ago
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Half a century ago, astronauts took a car farther off-road than any that had come before it. And only two cars have managed to do the same. These cars were NASA's moon rovers, and as The New York Times notes in its story about the anniversary, they were impressive engineering feats on their own, and they enabled more scientific research than would've been possible simply walking on the surface.

According to the Times article, the project was approved a couple months before Apollo 11 launched, and the two companies had a tough time getting it done and ended up going over budget. The rover also folded up to fit inside a 16-cubic-foot cargo hold on the landing craft. Based on photos, it looks like you probably could've easily loaded it into the back of a pickup truck.

The rover of course…
Joel Stocksdale
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