Historic Markers Across Alabama

NASA/U.S. Geological Survey

Marker ID:  
Location: 1 Tranquilty Base, Huntsville, AL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 42.622    W 086° 39.258
  34.71036666    -86.6543
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


NASA/U.S. Geological Survey
Mobile Geological Laboratory

The Mobile Geological Laboratory (MOLAB) was built as part of the development of NASA's Lunar Roving Vehicle(LRV) program. NASA engineers and scientists studied a number of different concepts for vehicles to use on the lunar surface. This rover included an extensive geology lab in a pressurized shirt-sleeve environment. The MOLAB concept carried enough fuel and supplies to keep the lunar surface crew mobile for two weeks. With the elimination of Apollo long-duration lunar surface mission and tight weight restrictions the MOLAB concept was cancelled.

MOLAB participated in a number of navigation, communications and geological studies for both NASA and U. S. Geological Survey before being retired and placed on display. NASA's final rover design was a much lighter of the Lunar Module unit it was time to deploy it on the lunar surface. MOLAB research has also influenced current pressurized rover design concepts.

Length: 18ft (5.49m)
Width: 9.5ft (2.9m)
Height: 10ft (3.05m)
Top Speed 21mph (33.79kmh)

End of NASA/U.S. Geological Survey