omaxsteve wrote:Would love to know how the tires in the moon rover managed to stay inflated for the duration of the trip to the moon.
hoi.polloi wrote:I thought the official story was that they never used inflatable tires. The wheels were supposed to have been unfolded empty things that don't contain gas. Were there actually supposed to be traditional rubber tires on the moon?
simonshack » July 10th, 2016, 10:39 am wrote:hoi.polloi wrote:I thought the official story was that they never used inflatable tires. The wheels were supposed to have been unfolded empty things that don't contain gas. Were there actually supposed to be traditional rubber tires on the moon?
Yeah, Hoi - the moon-tires narrative is a truly funny silly one...
On one hand, we are told that the "Good Year" tire company developed "non-pneumatic / wire mesh" tires made out of piano wire / strings:
"The mesh was woven out of piano wire to provide a soft, springy surface to contour to the ground and provide good ride quality."
Now, a good question you might ask yourself is: why the heck would they ask the "Good Year" tire company to develop something which has NOTHING / ZILCH to do with rubber-tire technology? Wouldn't they have rather asked, say, the Steinway piano manufacturers to develop that "piano-wire" moon tire?
On the other hand - get this! - here's an old "Good Year" advertisement boasting about their (nitrogen-)INFLATABLE rubber moon tire ("built for Apollo 14's Mobile Equipment Transporter") which, we're told, was a mere 2,5mm thick (1/10th of an inch) ! Read all about it here:
"Some down-to-Earth facts about the first tires on the Moon"
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid= ... 0803&hl=it
So, as the story goes, they brought to the Moooon BOTH inflatable and non-inflatable tires...
As ever - here we have another tall Apollo tale that make no sense whatsoever. What a bunch of 'rubber-faced-wire-balancing' circus clowns.
Now things take an interesting turn, as the rover's bed/frame is not casting a shadow consistent with others shadows in 11603. There should be a shadow of the rover's bed underneath of it. There is not, as can be seen in 11603, and in the blue circle of the zoom below.
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