Monday, August 24, 2015

The First Robotic Rover

Thanks to my robotics' friend Carol Lynn Hazlett for pointing me to the fascinating story of the very first robotic rover in space the Lunokhod 1. I had so much fun looking this one up! According to a Wikipedia article here -
Lunokhod 1 (Луноходmoon walker in RussianАппарат 8ЕЛ № 203vehicle 8ЕЛ№203) was the first of two unmannedlunar rovers landed on the Moon by the Soviet Union as part of its Lunokhod program. The Luna 17 spacecraft carried Lunokhod 1 to the Moon in 1970. Lunokhod 1 was the first remote-controlled robot "rover" to freely move across the surface of an astronomical object beyond the Earth. Lunokhod 0 (No.201), the previous and first attempt to do so, launched in February 1969 but failed to reach orbit.
The most interesting thing I found though was the link to the Lunar and Planetary Department at Moscow University  here - It had these great photos.

What a great piece of history! Thanks for the fun chance to learn something new Carol! 

Space rovers are covered at Wikipedia in general here -

Edit - Carol just pointed me to this also (even earlier mission!) -

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