A tiny Lunar Rover on Budapest’s Hold (moon) Street, alludes to the story of the Hungarian inventor that made driving on the moon possible.
BBB0009 – Lunar Rover Mini-Statue
Moon Street (Hold utca) – Budapest
GPS: 47.505729, 19.052234
Ferenc Pavlics was born in Vas county, Hungary on February 3, 1928. Then, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, his entire family was broken up and scattered around the world.
After escaping Hungary, Pavlics first worked from 1957 in the General Motors Research Division in Detroit.Then, from 1961 he continued his work in the Santa Barbara Division of General Motors developing overlands vehicles, which would give him the experience he needed for his greatest accomplishment.
For the NASA, JPL, and Boeing Company he started the development of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
It was Ferenc Pavlics who invented the lightweight but resilient wheels needed to traverse the Moon on the Lunar Rover. It had a special vehicle design made of aluminum alloy to be able to move on the special surface conditions of the Moon.
In 1971 the Apollo 15 carried the first Lunar rover to the Moon. In 1972 the Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 also carried Lunar rovers. All three vehicles remained on the Moon and Pavlics work will be there for what could be eternity.
In 1971 Pavlics got a NASA award for the success of the Apollo program.
Appropriately, this one can be found on Hold (Moon in English) street on its own moon-shaped bollard.
More information on Ferenc Pavlics and his Lunar Rover contributions on YouTube:
- Ferenc Pavlics To the Moon
- Ferenc Pavlics Lunar Rover Wheel | Demo 2015
- How Did NASA Engineer a Car for the Moon?
- History of The Lunar Rover – Documentary
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