The sign accompanying the LRV. It reads
Lunar Rover Trainer
Artifact on loan from the National Air and
Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Rovers were taken to the Moon's surface - and left there each time - on the
last three Apollo missions. Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin (Apollo 15), John Young and
Charlie Duke (Apollo 16),
and Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt (Apollo
17), practiced in this Lunar Rover Trainer here in Houston in preparation
for their Apollo missions.
Since it was not needed on the Moon's airless surface, the rover had no
steering wheel or brakes. It was started, steered, and stopped by a single control located
between the two seats. The electric-powered rover could travel at almost 10
mph and had a range of about 55 miles. It was equipped with a TV camera, which
recorded the astronauts' exploration of the moon and liftoff of the top half of
the Lunar Module when the astronauts left the moon.