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Lunar Roving Vehicle Collection

Identifier: MC-52

Scope and Contents

This collection contains mostly text and correspondence about the LRV program. Also included are a set of 35mm slides depicting the project.


  • Creation: 2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.

Biographical / Historical

As the space race began in the early 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union began to design rovers for the moon that would be able to traverse and learn about the lunar surface. This research and development eventually led to the Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV, a battery-operated, manned transport that accompanied Apollo 15, 16, and 17 astronauts to the moon (Wade).

This collection covers the development of this vehicle, from early Soviet missions to its deployment on the lunar surface.


Wade, Mark. "Apollo LRV." Encyclopedia Astronautica,


3 Linear feet (3 boxes and a set of slides.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Skeet Vaughan and Sonny Morea, 2001.

Existence and Location of Copies

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Reese Boynton
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America