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Mystery Machine (no, not that one) [Jul. 23rd, 2009|09:50 pm]
Is it just me or does this thing look totally steampunk? It's like a tricked out victorian skateboard or something.

Now I stumbled across this recently when reading Wikipedia entries related to a recent topic of interest...

But do any of you know what this mystery machine is?

It's somewhat obscure but I'll bet someone will know or guess!

Update: Wow, three people named it in the first couple hours. I'm impressed. :D

[User Picture]From: foofers
2009-07-24 05:03 am (UTC)
Wall-E! Wait, no, that's not right...

Lunokhod 1. Soviet lunar rover.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-24 06:59 am (UTC)
Nicely done! Absolutely right, of course.
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[User Picture]From: vermillionfox
2009-07-24 05:05 am (UTC)
Seeing it has wheels, no visible place for a pilot, and several attaching mechanisms... it is very likely a probe of some sort. Possibly a probe for the moon?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-24 07:00 am (UTC)
Indeed it was. Russian probe that landed on the moon a year after Apollo.
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[User Picture]From: audiwulf
2009-07-24 05:08 am (UTC)
Lunakhod (sp?) rover. It's Soviet.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-24 07:02 am (UTC)
Quite right. Lunokhod 1.
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2009-07-24 05:10 am (UTC)
I think its a 1960s concept rover for a space agency for public veiw on how we well explore Mars in year 2000.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-24 07:03 am (UTC)
I could totally imagine a 60s promotional film strip for that!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-24 07:08 am (UTC)
Bravo! And in Russian... Okay, so I need to go back to Wikipedia and compare the cyrillic visually to check your answer. But I'm impressed. :)
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[User Picture]From: harlequeen
2009-07-24 07:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, Lunar Cod. Not seen that in years. The bathtub on wheels. Russians built their probes tough. But then, they sent pictures back from the surface of Venus, which is very impressive.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2009-07-24 03:22 pm (UTC)


No, it's not just you.

I'm working on a steampunk project and will post when it gets going.
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[User Picture]From: orv
2009-07-24 04:26 pm (UTC)
There's a certain look to Russian engineering. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's just different. Part of it, I think, stems from their tendency to pursue simple, brute-force solutions to problems; here in the West we tend to start with a very high-tech solution and then work to make it reliable, which tends to result in more delicate-looking hardware.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2009-07-24 07:38 pm (UTC)
Is space machine, da? Is machine for space.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2009-07-24 10:35 pm (UTC)
It's a Tortilla maker!

(otherwise known in Chevy's restaurants as El Machino)
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2009-07-24 11:16 pm (UTC)
I know I'm late on this but it's the Soviet Union's remote lunar rover. ((and I didn't peek at the other responses)) It's amazing how, while very primitive, is very much like Spirit and Opportunity running around Mars, and all done in the 1960s.
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