Originally built for use with general aircraft, the mobile lounge is mounted on a scissor truck and was used when astronauts disembarked the space shuttle after a mission. The vehicles were designed by Chrysler and were ironically nicknamed "moon buggies" due to their appearance. In this rather uneventful video, you can watch the mobile lounge in action:
If you're ever passing through the international terminal at Washington Dulles Airport, you may get the chance to get a ride on the mobile lounge, which is still in use there to ferry passengers. A rather bizarre vehicle with an odd place in the history of space exploration!
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.