Back in 1969, the Apollo 11 mission put mankind on the moon. It was a massive accomplishment. Two years later, though, people were getting bored. 40 years ago today, it become the moon buggy's job to make space fun again.
It makes one horsepower. It’s the only car that’s ever been driven beyond Earth. The moon buggy was one of many great moments in Hungarian-American engineering and, for a day, it showed up in Budapest.
Initially, this post was to be about NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race, a competition for brainiacal science types who want to design human-powered vehicles approximating the size of the original LRV used on the later Apollo missions. But our research led us to the Lunar and Planetary Rovers website, and there we obsessed…