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Apollo Lunar Rovers built in Kent receive historic landmark designation

The City of Kent is hoping to get the rovers recognized as a historic landmark by Washington state as well.

The King County Landmark Commission designated the Apollo Lunar Rovers built in Kent as historic landmarks. 

“Above all, the designation for the City of Kent acts as a reminder of the dedicated engineers who changed history through the creation of the Lunar Roving Vehicles 50 years ago,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph. “The momentous recognition for Kent Valley allows for continued education and remembrance of the tangible impact these vehicles have had on space exploration indefinitely.”

The vehicles built at the Boeing Space Center were used in Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17 in the 1970s. These rovers were the first “moon buggies” that allowed astronauts to explore the moon’s surface away from the lunar landing module. 

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Retired Boeing engineer John Winch, who worked on the rovers, told KING 5 last week that it was "fascinating" and "stressful" to try and develop technology for conditions that don’t exist on this planet.

California and New Mexico are the only states with lunar objects in their historic state registers.

The City of Kent hopes the rovers are designated as a historic landmark with Washington state.

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