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The 1960s Apollo Lunar Module could support two men for three days, and the Apollo space suits carried only enough oxygen and cooling water for eight hours of work on the moon. Because of these constraints, the NASA looked at ways of moving astronauts around the lunar surface rapidly so that they could do as much exploration as possible in the limited time available. One lunar transportation system considered was the Bell Aerospace rocket backpack. In the video, the rocket backpack is put through its paces in the Hopi Buttes volcanic field of northern Arizona.