Great seats for the Inaugural Parade

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If you’re watching – or attending – today’s Inaugural Parade, stay tuned till the end.

A prototype of NASA’s Lunar Electric Rover and a bevy of astronauts will be bringing up the rear of the parade.  The nimble Lunar Electric Rover is a pick-up sized concept vehicle NASA is considering using when humans return to the moon.

Astronaut Mike Gernhardt will drive the rover. Astronaut Rex Walheim, wearing a spacesuit, will ride with him. NASA will record video during the parade from a camera mounted on the lunar rover. A member of the lunar rover team will provide live updates to the NASA News Twitter feed throughout the event.

This isn’t the first time NASA vehicles have been part of the inaugural festivities. One example:  the Apollo 7 float, which included the capsule and crew, took part of President Nixon’s first inauguration in 1969.

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Photos courtesy NASA.