'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 […]

Retro Space Images: Artist in the House

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: 'To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers' by Chris Gainor

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To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers was first published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press as part of its Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight series, but is now available in paperback.

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Retro Space Images: When Al Smiles

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Smiling In the Face of History — Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden flashes a smile during suiting activities for the countdown test on July 14, 1971.

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40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 2 – Unpicking the Men

Forty years after Apollo 17, Jack Schmitt remains the only professional geologist to practice his art on another world. Pictured in this view with Old Glory at Taurus-Littrow, he is backdropped by the two celestial bodies upon which he had based his entire career: the Moon and the Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

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“Man Must Explore”: The Glorious Voyage of Apollo 15

With the haunting 3,000-foot bulk of Mount Hadley looming behind him, Jim Irwin works with the lunar rover during the first EVA of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hundred miles north of the Moon’s equator lies a place called Hadley: a small patch of Mare Imbrium at the base of the Apennine […]