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Space History Photo: Lunar Landing Research Vehicle in Flight

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One of three concepts, the free-flying lunar lander became the most important simulator for the Moon missions. (Image credit: NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency taken in 1964, the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) Number 1 flies at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base.

When Apollo planning  was underway in 1960, NASA was looking for a simulator to profile the descent to the moon's surface. Three concepts emerged: an electronic simulator, a tethered device, and the ambitious Dryden contribution, a free-flying vehicle.

All three became serious projects, but eventually the NASA Flight Research Center's (FRC) Landing Research Vehicle became the most important.

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