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Goodyear Tire & Rubber (www.goodyear.com), Akron, OH, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have developed an airless tire to transport large, long-range vehicles across the surface of the moon.



Goodyear Tire & Rubber (www.goodyear.com), Akron, OH, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), civilian agency of the U.S. federal government with the mission of conducting research and developing operational programs in the areas of space exploration, artificial satellites (see satellite, artificial),  (NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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) have developed an airless tire Non-pneumatic tires (NPT), or Airless tires, are tires that are not supported by air pressure. They are used on some small vehicles such as riding lawn mowers and motorized golf carts. Tires composed of closed-cell polyurethane foam are also made for bicycles and wheelchairs.  to transport large, long-range vehicles across the surface of the moon. The "Spring Tire," with 800 load bearing springs, is designed to carry much heavier vehicles over much greater distances than the wire mesh wire mesh, wire netting ntela met├ílica  tire previously used on the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle. The new tire will allow for broader exploration and the eventual development of a lunar outpost.
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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