NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Historical

NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Historical (HM1UOA)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35805 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 42.622', W 86° 39.258'

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Mobile Geological Laboratory

The Mobile Geological Laboratory (MOLAB) was built as part of the development of NASA's Lunar Roving Vehicle(LRV) program. NASA engineers and scientists studied a number of different concepts for vehicles to use on the lunar surface. This rover included an extensive geology lab in a pressurized shirt-sleeve environment. The MOLAB concept carried enough fuel and supplies to keep the lunar surface crew mobile for two weeks. With the elimination of Apollo long-duration lunar surface mission and tight weight restrictions the MOLAB concept was cancelled.

MOLAB participated in a number of navigation, communications and geological studies for both NASA and U. S. Geological Survey before being retired and placed on display. NASA's final rover design was a much lighter of the Lunar Module unit it was time to deploy it on the lunar surface. MOLAB research has also influenced current pressurized rover design concepts.

Length: 18ft (5.49m)
Width: 9.5ft (2.9m)
Height: 10ft (3.05m)
Top Speed 21mph (33.79kmh)
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Date Added Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 531656 N 3840978
Decimal Degrees34.71036667, -86.65430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.622', W 86° 39.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 37.32" N, 86° 39' 15.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, US
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