The last people on the moon … The rover is part of NASA's Artemis Program, which is the agency's latest attempt to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 as well as establish a permanent moon base to help the agency's mission for Mars exploration.

In 1971, the Moon Buggy was first used during the Apollo 12 landing to explore the moon.The Lunar Rover was a battery-powered, four-wheeled rover also used on the moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. It will be the world's smallest robotic Moon rover, and will walk using legs rather than wheels. BRITAIN will send its first lunar rover to the Moon in 2021 in a groundbreaking mission. This week in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts Jim Iwrin and David Scott deployed the first Lunar Roving Vehicle on the moon.

When Luna 17 landed on Nov. 17 it released a robotic rover known as Lunokhod 1 onto the surface. China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said. * Lunar Rover was a four wheel drive vehicle that was specially designed to drive on the lunar surface. On November 10, 1970, Luna 17 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Proton rocket on a mission to the Moon. The first manned moon landing was Apollo 11 . * Apollo 15 manned lunar landing mission was the first in a series of three advanced missions planned for the Apollo program. This craft became the first rover on the Moon and the first wheeled object to move across the surface of another celestial body.

The Chinese rover should land December 14 or 15, reports.The last soft lander to visit the moon's surface was a Russian craft in 1976.