Lightning strikes near the Apollo 15 moon rocket two nights in a row have delayed important flight readiness tests on the space vehicle.
Lightning strikes near the Apollo 15 moon rocket two nights in a row have delayed important flight readiness tests on the space vehicle. But Space Agency officials have given the assurance that the blast-off date of July 26 is not in danger.
The Apollo-15 astronauts are scheduled to spend a record 67 hours on the moon and make the first lunar exploration, riding a jeep-like car during three excursions on the lunar surface.
The astronauts are also scheduled to send a satellite into orbit as their spacecraft circles the lunar surface.
The Apollo-15 astronauts are scheduled to land on a smooth plain between the Moon's Appenine mountains, towering almost ten thousand feet above the landing site and a lunar ravine, known as Hadley Rille.
The three astronauts, David R. Scott--Expedition commander--Alfred M. Worden, and James B. Irwin, will make three sorties outside their lunar entry capsule during their 67 hours on the lunar surface.
The first--an open-ended excursion could last for up to 7 hours, the second, for a similar period, and the third has been restricted to 6 hours only.
SYNOPSIS: Watched by an army of technicians the Apollo-15 astronauts prepare for the longest-ever sojourn on the surface of the moon. The astronauts are due to blast-off for the moon on July 26.
In all, the Apollo-15 pilots will spend a record 67 hours on the moon and they're expected to bring back to earth the most comprehensive collection of lunar samples, ever yet collected during a lunar sortie.
The command module on the lunar flight will be flown by Alfred M. Worden. The craft is scheduled to land on the lunar surface on July 30 at 2215 GMT. Whilst Worden and co-pilot, James B. Irwin, set out to explore the moon's surface, expedition commander, David R. Scott will continue circling the planet in the command craft.
For the first time on an Apollo flight back to earth astronaut Worden will take a "space walk" to retrieve a package of film from a camera mounted on the service module. Another "First" will be the injection of a small scientific satellite from lunar orbit to circle the moon for a year collecting information on the lunar environment. Apollo-15 will be the longest manned moon flight, but not the longest Unite States space flight. The two-man earth-orbiting Gemini-7 flight was in space for 330 hours during December 1965.