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Goodyear Going to the Moon with New Lunar Tires

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is working with NASA to develop non-pneumatic tires for the next generation lunar rover.

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Goodyear is working with NASA’s Cleveland-based Glenn Research Center on the project, which could evolve into rover tires for future treks to Mars.

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Goodyear helped develop the tires assemblies used on the original lunar rovers used on Apollo program missions to the moon in the early 1970s.

According to Goodyear, its rover tire project team will consist of a cross section of research and tire technology technicians at its Akron Technical Center.

While NASA is pressing ahead with its new lunar mission program, initiated by President Bush in 2004, no timetable for the program has been established. (Tire Review/Akron)

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