Spacecraft, replica, Lunokhod-2, metal, wood, plastic, Exhibition Centre, USSR/Russian Academy of Sciences, pre-1985.
Full-size replica of Lunokhod-2, the second remote-controlled lunar roving vehicle landed on the Moon by the USSR. The spacecraft has a tub-shaped body, which forms a pressure vessel protecting the power supply and scientific instruments. A large, round solar panel forms a 'lid' which can be opened and closed over the main body to aid in temperature control. The vehicle runs on 8 woven wire wheels (4 on either side). Two television cameras low on the main body provide stereoscopic vision to the remote 'driver' back on Earth. A third TV camera, raised above the front of the vehicle, provides general terrain imagery. Radio antennae and scientific instruments are attached to the outside of the main body. Several small fittings on the replica are believed to be actual flight hardware, taken from the manufacturing workshops and used instead of fabricating reproductions of awkwardly-shaped parts.