Apollo XIV – Geology Training – Hawaii

Astronaut digs on a sandy slope during traverse simulation
July 2, 2018
Historical DateApril 10, 1970
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Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., prime crew commander of the Apollo 14 mission, uses a trenching tool during a simulation of a traverse on the lunar surface. Members of the Apollo 14 prime and backup crews were in Hawaii to train for the extravehicular activity of their upcoming mission. Features of the terrain at Kapoho and other Hawaiian sites are very similar to those found on the lunar surface. A modular equipment transporter (MET), nicknamed the "Rickshaw" because of its appearance and method of propulsion, is behind Shepard, and a gnomon, one of the Apollo lunar hand tools (ALHT) is at extreme left.