Motorbikes in Space

One small wheelie for mankind...

In the late 60s motorcycles nearly made it to the moon, as NASA experimented with this prototype as a possible vehicle for lunar exploration.

The above photograph was shot on August 1969 aboard a KC-135, endearingly known as the Vomit Comet, as the bike underwent partial gravity test simulations.

Little information is available on the Lunar Motorbike, but it was claimed to have been built either as a backup in case the Lunar Rover wasn't completed in time for the Apollo 15 mission, or for use on Apollo 20 as an additional vehicle or replacement for the moon buggy. However, neither ever happened as the LRV was finished in time for Apollo 15 and Apollo 20 was cancelled.

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