July 26th 1971 Apollo 15 launched, carried the 1st lunar rover to the moon.
The mission began on July 26, 1971.
At the time, NASA called it the most successful manned flight ever achieved
Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin spent three days on the Moon, including 18½ hours outside the spacecraft on lunar extra-vehicular activity (EVA). Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden orbited the Moon. The mission landed in Mare Imbrium SEA OF SHOWERS .
|Apollo 15 Lunar Rover and James Irwin|
Apollo 15 landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on August 7.
The crew explored the area using the first lunar rover, which allowed them to travel much farther from the Lunar Module (LM) than had been possible on missions without the rover. They collected 77 kilograms (170 lb) of lunar surface material.