Courtesy Photo, NASA

Courtesy Photo, NASA

City of Kent to be honored by county for lunar rover campaign

Spellman award in Historic Preservation

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 3:43pm
  • News

The city of Kent will receive a King County Executive’s John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation category for its regional campaign for landmark designation of the Lunar Roving Vehicles.

Mayor Dana Ralph and Michelle Wilmot, city economic development program manager, will receive the award from King County Executive Dow Constantine at the 19th annual Spellman Awards at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Village Theatre – First Stage, 120 Front Street N. in downtown Issaquah. The event is open to the public.

A coffee reception for award recipients and guests will begin at 10 a.m. in the theater lobby, followed by the awards presentation at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium. The program will end by noon.

Wilmot led the campaign to get landmark designation for the vehicles. The eight-member King County Landmarks Commission in July unanimously granted the city of Kent landmark designation for the three lunar rovers.

The battery-powered Lunar Roving Vehicle – developed, tested and assembled in Kent – allowed NASA astronauts greater mobility to roam powdered valley floors and slopes and negotiate rugged terrain to examine the lunar surface and gather soil and rock samples for scientific study.

The three reliable rovers used on the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions remain on the moon today, a reminder of America’s success in the Space Age race and Kent’s contribution to the country’s legacy of lunar exploration. Boeing committed more than 2,000 employees to the $73 million program.

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