National Archives News

Buggy on Down: 50 Years Since Apollo 15

By Victoria Macchi | National Archives News

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Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed United States flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface Extravehicular Activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site.

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2021 — On a late July day in 1971, astronauts David Scott and James Irwin went out for a little drive in one of the rarest vehicles ever made.

Their wheels? A lunar roving vehicle, known also as a Moon buggy.

This month, in honor of the golden anniversary of that mission and the research it launched, the National Archives is showcasing images from Apollo 15 as the Featured Documents from July 22 through September 8. Read more about the exhibit, and see records selected by curator Corinne Porter on the National Archives Museum site.

Visitors with reserved tickets to the National Archives Building through September 8 can view the images on display in the East Public Vaults lobby.

View more records from the U.S. space program on