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The Virgo II Lunar Lander
The replica of the Virgo II Lunar Lander in the Museum of Technology.
Valiant 11 was the name of the Virgo II Moon landing mission's lunar lander.
Background[edit | edit source]
It was used in the first manned lunar landing mission, and made contact with the lunar surface on July 16, 1969. The crew of this United States Space Agency spacecraft consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris, and Captain Michael Hagen. These American astronauts became the first humans to walk on a celestial body other than Earth. On November 14, 1969, the Virgo III Lander Valiant 12 also landed on the Moon.
Lander Replica[edit | edit source]
A replica of the Virgo II was on display in the Museum of Technology in Washington, D.C. at the time of the Great War in 2077, and remains there during the events of Fallout 3. In the quest Galaxy News Radio, Three Dog sends the Lone Wanderer to recover the communications relay dish from the lander in order to improve the signal Strength of the broadcast.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Virgo II mission is the Fallout world's counterpart to the real world's Apollo 11. The date given for the Virgo II landing is the launch date for Apollo 11, four days before the latter landed on the Moon.
- The craft itself greatly resembles the LK Objekt, the one man lunar landing craft the U.S.S.R. created for its planned manned lunar missions, which after numerous delays and failures, were ultimately abandoned in the 1970's.
- Virgo II can be seen in Museum of Freedom's mural and Museum of Technology's poster, and the poster can be found in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
- Museum of Technology placard: "Virgo II Lunar Lander
On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II Lunar Lander "Valiant 11" became the very first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon. The Valiant 11's crew consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris and Captain Michael Hagen of the USSA. We salute these brave and noble men who took the very first steps on a planetary body other than our own."
- Museum of Technology placard: "Valiant 12 Flag
This unusual flag was recovered from the surface of the moon by the very last manned flight to its surface in 2052. The flag is from the old "Valiant 12" Virgo III Lunar Lander that touched down November 14, 1969. It's remarkable condition can be attributed due to its construction; the flag is actually made of special materials to withstand the harsh environment of space."
- Museum Information, Spaceflight Exhibits