Modular Equipment Transporter

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Alan Shepard stands next to the Modular Equipment Transporter.

The Modular Equipment Transporter (MET) was a wheeled cart used for transporting equipment and rock samples on the surface of the Moon. Designed after Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean had difficulties lugging their equipment significant distances to and from their Lunar Module, the MET also functioned as a portable workbench. It was carried on Apollo 13 and Apollo 14, but since the Apollo 13 landing was aborted, it was only used once on 14. It was replaced with the Lunar Rover on Apollo 15 and later.

Astronauts named the MET "the rickshaw". It was pulled by hand using a handle in the front. The performance of the MET was described as "adequate".[1] In fact, astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were disappointed by the MET's performance. During one of the traverses they had to carry the MET together because it was too difficult to pull the MET through the rough lunar terrain.

The MET weighed 18 pounds (8.2 kilograms) and could carry 360 pounds (163-kilograms). It had two rubber tires.[2]

Line drawing of the Modular Equipment Transporter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lunar surface experiments, Houston, Texas: NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, April 1971 
  2. ^ Compton, William David (1989), Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions, Houston, Texas: NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, archived from the original on 2004-11-18