The Technology Behind Man’s First Moon Rover: Lunokhod 1May 13th, 2013
Lunokhod 1 was the first planetary exploration vehicle to operate successfully on another celestial body. It landed on the Moon on November 17, 1970 and operated there until September 29, 1971. This infographic provides the specifications of the Lunokhod 1, including the cameras, antennae, and telescopes that were part of the rover’s data collection and transmision capabilities. The Lunokhod 1 was powered by a 200 Amp-hr battery that was recharged via solar cells. It successfully gathered ~25,000 slow-scan images and 211 panoramic images, traveling a total distance of 10,540 Moon miles.