The Apollo 15 astronauts ended their intensive training period today (22 July), and began a new relaxed schedule before starting their 12-day mission to the moon.
CU Scott speaking (OVERLAY SHOTS OF Lunar Rover practising and astronauts rehearse getting samples)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: SCOT: "I think Apollo 15 is different in two major respects from previous lunar landing missions, the first and probably most significant is the fact that we have the capability to stay on the lunar surface for three days. Additionally we have with us a lunar roving vehicle which enables us to travel about the moon by wheel and cover a great deal more area than we have been able to in the past. We can cover a distance of about 36 kilometres and range as far as 7 kilometres from the landing site. Secondly, we have aboard the service module in orbit a scientific instrument module which is a large bay full of scientific gear and a light which can essentially determine the composition of the lunar surface while flying over the surface. And by analysing the returned samples and comparing them with the service module data, we can essentially evaluate approximately 20 per cent of the moon during the flight. I think with this data we should be able to significantly enhance the scientific knowledge of the moon."
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Background: The Apollo 15 astronauts ended their intensive training period today (22 July), and began a new relaxed schedule before starting their 12-day mission to the moon.
The three men, declared healthy by space agency doctors on Wednesday (21 July), will maintain their proficiency with light training until next Monday's (26 July) launching.
Commander David Scott and Lunar Module pilot James Irwin will spend their time going over their checklists for the periods before and after their three expeditions across the moon's surface. Command Module pilot Alfred Worden, who will orbit the moon while his fellow astronauts are on the surface, has been spending a lot of time recently in a Module simulator.
Scott and Irwin will spend a total of 67 hours on the moon's surface. They will use a four-wheeled Lunar Roving Car to visit various geological features including one of the moon's highest mountain ranges.
This film shows Commander Scott talking at a press conference, and shows various shots of the astronauts rehearsing in the Lunar Roving Car and collecting samples...Scott's voice provides the commentary throughout the film and there is no introductory opening on the commentary.