Astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden and James Irwin have completed their lunar project training and are now resting before the blast-off of the Apollo 15 mission on Monday (July 26).
Astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden and James Irwin have completed their lunar project training and are now resting before the blast-off of the Apollo 15 mission on Monday (July 26). The three men are building up reserves for what is scheduled to be the longest lunar mission to date. After touch down on the moon on July 30, they are not due to return to Earth until August 7.
This official film from NASA at Cape Kennedy shows astronauts Scott, Irwin and Worden during their last few free days preparing for blast-off.
SYNOPSIS: Before the blast-off of Apollo 15, astronaut James Irwin takes a break from training with a tennis match against mission back-up pilot Harrison Schmitt. Together with mission commander David Scott, James Irwin is scheduled to make three separate excursions out onto the Lunar surface. With Scott, he will spend a planned total of 67 hours on the moon - more than double the time logged on any previous lunar landing.
As an Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel, James Irwin has another form of relaxation. At Patrick Air Force Base near Cape Kennedy, his official rest periods included flying jet trainers. For the man who has the task of landing Apollo 15's Lunar Module on the moon surface, a T-38 jet provides no problems.
All three astronauts in Apollo 15 are air force officers, and the air force base near Cape Kennedy gives them all the same form of relaxation. These jet trainers are a far cry from the Saturn rocket that will take them to the moon. Their rocket will lift the heaviest payload ever fired into Earth orbit - 140 tons. And the complete Apollo spacecraft comprising the command, service and lunar modules, will weigh almost 50 tons when it reaches the moon. That includes the spectacular lunar rover vehicle which will be used to traverse the surface near the landing site.