What you see below is an actual lunar rover developed by the Soviets in the 1970's. The thing looks like it is right out of the Steampunk world doesn't it?! The rover was called the Lunkhod 1 and it explored the moon by remote control. NASA recently rediscovered the rover's position and bounced lasers off its reflector to help measure the position of the moon.
Here's a little history on the rover:
During the 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a feverish competition to be the first to set foot on the moon. We know who won this race, but less about a secret chapter. The Soviets many not have sent a man to the moon, but they successfully guided two small robots by remote control from the earth. For 16 months between 1970 and 1973, these "Lunokhods" traveled more than thirty miles over the moon's surface. With the declassification of the former USSR space archives, along with recollections by several of the key participants in the Lunokhod program, the true story of the Russian lunar robots can finally be told.
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