Apollo 15 is scheduled to lift off the launch pad at Cape Kennedy on 25 July 1971.
Apollo 15 is scheduled to lift off the launch pad at Cape Kennedy on 25 July 1971. The flight to the moon will be manned by astronauts David Scott, James Irwin, and Alfred Worden. This most difficult and complex of the Apollo Moon landing missions, conceived by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will be commanded by Colonel David R. Scott.
Known as a hard driving perfectionist, Scott will be the first man to drive an extra-terrestrial vehicle in another world. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Scott has seen service in the United States Air Force as a jet pilot and experimental test pilot. His first assignment as an astronaut was on the Gemini VIII mission with Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon.
As part of the series of three profiles of the Apollo 15 astronauts, this film concentrates on the background of the Commander of the mission, David Scott. VISNEWS production Nos. 7075/71 and 7076/71 are profiles of the other two Apollo 15 astronauts, James Irwin and Alfred Worden, respectively.
SYNOPSIS: When Apollo 15 heads for the moon from Cape Kennedy on the 25th of July, it will be commanded by Colonel David Scott, seen here in training.
Together with Apollo fifteen astronauts, James Irwin and Alfred Worden, Commander Scott is undergoing a rigorous training schedule. This includes zero gravity training, geology studies, and practice with the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Scott will be the first man ever to drive a vehicle in another world. Scott began his career at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. Later he received a higher degree and wrote a thesis on interplanetary navigation.
With his wife and two children, Scott moved to Houston to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Manned Spacecraft Centre. There, following a stint in the Air Force as a test pilot, Scott began training as a member of the third contingent of astronauts.
His first flight assignment as a astronaut was in 1996 on Gemini Eight. His fellow astronaut was Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. On the Gemini mission, the two astronauts completed the first docking in space, but late encountered problems with the rockets. The errant thrusters put them into a high speed spin, which brought an early halt to the mission.
Scott was also the Command Module Pilot on the Apollo Nine mission, and his extravehicular activity was the high point of that flight. Now with Al Worden, and Jim Irwin, Dave Scott is preparing to fly the most complex and difficult mission of the Apollo moon landing series. Known as a hard driving perfectionist who demands excellence, his crew are assured that Colonel Scott has the experience that should result in a successful mission.