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'Mr. Galileo Was Correct': The Grand Voyage of Apollo 15 (Part 2)

Haunting view of Jim Irwin with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Mount Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

As July burned into August 1971, three sons of Planet Earth were midway through their exploration of the Moon. Aboard the command and service module Endeavour, astronaut Al Worden operated a sophisticated array of scientific equipment from [...]

'Man Must Explore': The Grand Voyage of Apollo 15 (Part 1)

The “unreal” clarity of the lunar landscape, caused by the near-total absence of atmospheric haze or particulates, was problematic for the Apollo 15 crew when judging distance at Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hundred miles (640 km) to the north of the Moon’s equator lies a place called Hadley: a small patch of Mare [...]

Remembering Apollo 12: The Surveyor and the Lonely Man (Part 4)

The Surveyor 3 landing craft, backdropped by the Apollo 12 lunar module Intrepid, as viewed by Pete Conrad and Al Bean at the Ocean of Storms in November 1969. Photo Credit: NASA

Within minutes of arriving on the Moon’s surface, early on 19 November 1969, Apollo 12 astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad began erecting an [...]

Remembering Apollo 12: The Hammer and the Protuberances (Part 3)

Al Bean carries the panniers of the first Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) across the dusty terrain for installation. Photo Credit: NASA

More than four decades ago, in November 1969, the human race comprised an estimated three billion souls on Planet Earth … and three others. A quarter of a million miles away, [...]

Remembering Apollo 12: The $500 Bet and the Lightning Strike (Part 1)

Al Bean begins his descent from the hatch of the lunar module Intrepid toward the surface at the Ocean of Storms. Photo Credit: NASA

One thing that irritated Charles “Pete” Conrad was the public belief that astronauts were told to say certain things during their missions. He knew that when Neil Armstrong became the [...]

Retro Space Images: Artist in the House

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Special Guest in Mission Control: Apollo 15 Flight Director Dr. Chris Kraft is shown with renown space artist Robert McCall during a visit to the manned space flight nerve center. McCall was responsible for numerous space exploration-related U.S postage stamps, as well as many manned space flight mission [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 15 on the Moon

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“Falcon” on the Plain at Hadley: The Apollo 15 Lunar Module, shown on the surface of the Moon during the second EVA on August 1, 1971. Mission Commander David Scott and the Lunar Rover can be seen in the distance.

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Retro Space Images: Monitoring Apollo 15

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All Eyes on “Falcon”: This was the scene in Mission Control as the flight control team monitored the descent to the lunar surface by the Apollo 15 lunar module “Falcon.” Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin touched down safely on the Hadley-Appenine region of the Moon [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 15 Heading for Hadley

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Full Thrust: The Apollo 15 Saturn V lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of July 26, 1971, with astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin aboard. Scott and Irwin would land the Lunar Module “Falcon” in the Hadley-Appenine [...]

Retro Space Images: Lunar Rover Simulations

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Ground Based Roving: Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin spend time at the Lunar Rover simulator located in the Crew Training Building at Kennedy Space Center. Scott and Irwin are assisted by support crew astronaut Joe Allen, who would also serve as CAPCOM during [...]