Photo by David Scott, courtesy NASA.

The City of Kent and the Kent Downtown Partnership have received historic landmark designation for the Lunar Roving Vehicles that were built in Kent at the Boeing Space Center and used in Apollo Missions 15, 16, and 17 in 1971 and 1972.

This designation decision coincides with the 50th anniversary of Boeing winning the NASA contract to create these Lunar Roving Vehicles. In just 17 months, these “moon buggies” were created and made it possible for six astronauts to safely explore the moon’s landscape.

“Above all, the designation for the City of Kent acts as a reminder of the dedicated engineers who changed history through the creation of the Lunar Roving Vehicles 50 years ago,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph. “The momentous recognition for Kent Valley allows for continued education and remembrance of the tangible impact these vehicles have had on space exploration indefinitely.”

The City of Kent will go on to pursue recognition at the state level. To date, only California and New Mexico have lunar objects in their state historic registers.