Lunar module pilot James Irwin works at the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the first Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. Inset: close up of original tire (Image: NASA)
The new Goodyear-NASA spring loaded tire should allow heavy vehicles to travel greater distances and be less prone to failure
On test: the lunar truck simulator at the Rock Yard of Houston's Johnson Space Center
Building a space-age tire
The new tire could have more Earthly uses too
It looks like seventies science fiction television is (finally) going to meet reality with NASA planning to set up a real Moonbase Alpha by 2020. In order to meet the heavy load/long range transport requirements of life on the moon, NASA recently teamed up with Goodyear to review and redesign some 40-year-old technology in the shape of the airless tires first seen on the Lunar Rover Vehicles of Apollo missions.
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