The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was used for the first time on the Moon by the crew of Apollo 15 on this day in 1971. It allowed Apollo astronauts to traverse over 25 kilometers (16 miles) of the lunar surface. See the Lunar Roving Vehicle Qualification Test Unit on display at our Museum in Washington, DC
Today in 1973: Skylab 3, the second crewed mission to the US Space Station, launched with a three-person crew of scientist-astronauts. This spacesuit was made for and worn by Alan Bean who was Commander of the mission. Like lunar spacesuits, this spacesuit was designed to provide a life sustaining environment during spacewalks or unpressurized spacecraft operation
Today in 1965: The Gemini IV capsule carrying astronauts James McDivitt and Ed White returned to Earth after a 62-orbit mission. After recovery of the capsule, McDivitt and White talked to President Lyndon B. Johnson via telephone while aboard the U.S.S. Wasp. Johnson congratulated them on a successful mission, which included experiments like taking photographs of the Earth for geographic, oceanographic and geologic studies, as well as the first U.S. spacewalk.
Today in 1965: Astronaut Edward H. White II became the first American to perform a "spacewalk." White did so during the four-day Gemini IV mission. Gemini IV was the second of ten piloted Gemini missions, which perfected the techniques of spacecraft rendezvous and docking, and demonstrated that astronauts could withstand prolonged weightlessness for the planned Apollo missions to the Moon.