NASA's Lunar Rover prototype valued at $150,000

The original prototype for NASA's Lunar Rover is to cross the block at RR Auction.

The lot is expected to sell for $125,000-150,000 in the online sale, which closes on April 21.

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The Lunar Rover prototype was designed and built in 1965-1966

The Lunar Rover was first used on the Moon's surface during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.

This first prototype was designed and built by Brown Engineering in 1965-1966 and was known as the Local Scientific Survey Module (LSSM).

This unique prototype was later sold to a scrapyard, where it remained for many years until it was rediscovered and authenticated last year.

Robert Livingston, RR Auction's executive vice-president, explained the appeal of space memorabilia to the Guardian newspaper: "The demographic tends to be men in their 50s who grew up watching men walk on the moon and are inspired by the achievement of the Apollo space program - so much of our scientific and computer use today is because of that.

"It was incredible - there's been nothing even close since.

"Now there's such a re-interest in launching space vehicles with the likes of Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos - and they all grew up watching Apollo."

The sale will also include a Zeiss camera lens used on the Lunar surface during the Apollo 15 mission.

You can check out all our space memorabilia for sale here.

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