On 16 April 1972, Apollo 16 launched at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to become the 10th manned US mission into space, and the fifth to land on the Moon. But this 11-day mission was the first time humans got access to the lunar highlands, and boy, did they have fun when they got there.
That sweet ride - its technical name is the Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV, but people in the ‘70s preferred ‘moon buggy' - was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover, and it made an appearance on the Moon during the last three missions of the American Apollo program, 15, 16, and 17. These vehicles were designed to carry one or two astronauts at a time, plus all their equipment and whatever lunar samples they managed to collect.
"Electric rovers were made to operate in the near-vacuum of the lunar surface and handle the oddly-shaped dust, or regolith, that coated it,” says Kyle Hill at Nerdist. "The footage of men riding around on the Moon is simply hard to believe, it’s so surreal."
And now we get to watch that footage in all its stabilised glory. Created by YouTuber britoca, the Apollo Mission 16mm High Definition Transfer footage was adjusted using the Deshaker v2.5 filter for VirtualDub 1.9.9.
More than 40 years ago, and it's still cooler than anything most of us will ever do.