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The Virgo II lunar lander "Valiant 11" is a world object in Fallout 3.

Background

Valiant 11 was used in the first manned lunar landing mission,[1] and made contact with the lunar surface on July 16, 1969. The crew of this USSA 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.[2][3]

On November 14, 1969, the Virgo III Lander Valiant 12 also landed on the moon. The crew left behind a flag that was later picked up during the final manned flight to the moon and brought back down to Earth in 2052.[4]

Characteristics

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.

Valiant 11 is seen on a Museum of Technology poster, found in multiple locations in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. A Virgo series lander can be seen in the mural in the Museum of Freedom (see below) in Concord, depicting a battle near the Sea of Tranquility.

Behind the scenes

  • 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.
  • In design, the lander is an almost exact replica of the Soviet ЛК, pronounced "LK". It was to be the Soviet moon lander as part of their Soyuz moon program, but the program was cancelled before any ЛК were ever flown to the moon. Unlike the Virgo lander, the ЛК was only capable of carrying one occupant.

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References

  1. Museum of Technology terminal entries; museum information, exhibit guide, spaceflight exhibits
  2. Museum of Technology placard: "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."
  3. Museum of Technology terminal entries; Museum information, exhibit guide, spaceflight exhibits
  4. Museum of Technology placard: "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."
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