At Cape Kennedy on Tuesday, the powerful Apollo 15 moon rocket successfully completed its first journey -- from the assembly building to the launching pad.
GV Apollo 15 emblem on launch site.
GV's rocket on launch pad.
CU man in car watching.
GV rocket on launch pad.
SV astronaut Scott talking to reporter.
SV and CU Worden signing autographs.
CU Irwin's name tag TILT UP to face.
SV Irwin signing photograph.
GV TILT UP from launch pad to rocket.
LV rocket on pad.
LV and GV rocket on pad.
GV reflection of rocket and launch pad in water TILT UP to rocket on launch pad.
Initials VS/22.17 VS/22.40
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Background: At Cape Kennedy on Tuesday, the powerful Apollo 15 moon rocket successfully completed its first journey -- from the assembly building to the launching pad. Loaded on a huge transporter, the rocket was carefully moved three and a half miles in nearly seven hours. The lunar module on top of the rocket carries a new item, the moon buggy. The astronauts will use the vehicle during three separate excursions on the lunar surface.
Astronauts David Scott, Jams Irwin, and Alfred Worden, who will man Apollo 15, watched the rocket being moved to the launch pad. Scott told reporters, "This is the beginning of one of the most singular, significant scientific expeditions ever conducted."
The Saturn 5 rocket will now undergo a series of tests in preparation for the targeted 26 July launch date.
SYNOPSIS: The Apollo Fifteen moon rocket successfully completed its first journey on Tuesday -- moving from the assembly building to the launching pad at Cape Kennedy. Loaded on a huge transporter, the Saturn Five rocket was carefully moved the three and a half miles to the launching site -- at speeds up to one mile an hour.
Apollo Fifteen Mission Commander, David Scott, watched the operation. The other Apollo team members, Alfred Worden and James Irwin, signed autographs after the rocket was successfully placed on the launching pad. The astronauts were to later train for their lunar walks on a special stretch of sand, resembling the lunar surface.
The lunar module on top of the rocket carries a new item - the moon buggy which Scott and Irwin will drive during three excursions on the lunar surface. They hops to travel to the hills of the moon's Apennines Mountains, and then climb up the slopes further than the vehicle will go. The lunar surface journey will be seen by the people on earth, through a special television camera mounted on the buggy.
The rocket and the lunar module will now undergo a series of tests, in preparation for the targeted 26th of July launch date.