Less than two weeks before Apollo 11 successfully landed men on the Moon, the plans for a car that would drive on the Moon’s surface were coming together. Dubbed the Lunar Roving Vehicle or LRV, three of these vehicles were eventually taken to the light side of the Moon to give astronauts greater mobility.
Electric rovers, the LRVs (the images show the LRV used on the Apollo 16 mission) were made to operate in the near-vacuum of the lunar surface and handle the oddly-shaped dust, or regolith, that coated it. The footage of men riding around on the Moon is simply hard to believe it’s so surreal.
But as you may have noticed from the GIFs above, our footage of lunar rovers looks even more amazing when the bumps and jiggles of extraterrestrial camera work is stabilized. This stabilized footage, uploaded by YouTuber britoca, was made using a Deshaker v2.5 filter for VirtualDub 1.9.9 combined with the Apollo Mission 16mm High Definition Transfers.
You can watch the full stabilized footage, below:
The LRVs are still up there by the way, and the keys are inside.
IMAGES: NASA; Apollo Mission 16mm High Definition Transfers