The Apollo 15 spacecraft blasts off from Cape Kennedy on Monday (26 July). For the?
The Apollo 15 spacecraft blasts off from Cape Kennedy on Monday (26 July). For the three astronauts--David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin--this will be the longest and most difficult in the apollo moon landing series. Their stay on the moon will include three separate excursions on the lunar surface--using the new Lunar Rover electric car.
For the U.S.S. Okinawa and her crew, the real work will begin when the Apollo 15 astronauts blast out of lunar orbit and bead for home. It is the Okinawa that will be the prime recovery ship for splashdown on 7 august, 300 miles north west of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.
With experience gained from previous Apollo splashdowns, the U.S. Navy hopes to be able to recover the astronauts and their space capsule faster then any other previous mission.
SYNOPSIS: The helicopter carrier, U.S.S. Okinawa, is the prime recovery ship for the splashdown of Apollo Fifteen. On the seventh of August, having completed the longest and most difficult of the apollo moon landing series, astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin will land in the Pacific Ocean--three hundred miles north-west of Hawaii. It is then that the U.S.S. Okinawa and her crew will go into action.
They have been rehearsing for the big day for several months. A mock capsule and stand-in crew of astronauts are used to sharpen the recovery skills of the helicopter crews. As an added safety measure, the frogmen assisting the astronauts from the capsule,, will have a new anti-shark weapon--a dart that disables and eventually kills the shark.
On the second of August, the Apollo Fifteen astronauts blast off from the lunar surface and head for home. From then, until splashdown five days later, the U.S.S. Okinawa and her crew will concentrate on nothing but a more and safe recovery of the capsule and crew. Using the information gained from previous Apollo flights, the crew hopes to recover the astronauts faster than any other mission to late.