Full disclosure: It’s not one of the actual moon rovers, but it is a really special replica constructed by Boeing technicians to honor the three lunar rovers that were used during missions in the early ’70s.
The rover replica is permanently on exhibit at Kherson Park in Kent and was designed to be interactive — complete with a turning wheel, adjustable joystick, and buttons.
America became enthralled with space during the late 1950s in the midst of the Cold War, when the U.S. battled against the communist Soviet Union. Exploring space became an international competition, and in 1965, Boeing hired thousands of people to work at its space center in Kent.
Boeing built the rovers used in Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17 — all of which have remained on the moon. According to Michael Lombardi, corporate historian for Boeing, the rovers weighed roughly 460 pounds and folded up to easily fit into the rocket, and the wheels were spun piano wire coated in titanium.
In July 2019, the City of Kent received a historic landmark designation for its lunar rover contribution, making it one of the only cities to have historical landmarks on the moon.