Manned Space Flight Network Support

NASA's worldwide Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN) will track and provide nearly continuous communications with the Apollo astronauts, their launch vehicle and spacecraft. This network also will continue the communications link between Earth and the Apollo experiments left on the lunar surface, and track the Particles and Fields Subsatellite to be ejected into lunar orbit from the Apollo service module SIM bay. The MSFN is maintained and operated by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,...

Saturn V Launch Vehicle

The instrument unit (IU), built by the International Business Machines Corp. at Huntsville, Ala., contains navigation, guidance, and control equipment to steer the launch vehicle into Earth orbit and into translunar trajectory. The six major systems are structural, environmental control, guidance and control, measuring and telemetry, communications, and electrical. The instrument unit's inertial guidance platform provides space-fixed reference coordinates and measures acceleration along three...

Hand Controller

In the center of the console's upper half is a Sun shadow device Sun compass that can determine the LRV's heading with respect to the Sun. The device casts a shadow on a graduated scale when it is pulled up at right angles from the console. The point where the Sun's shadow intersects the scale will be read by the crew to Mission Control, which will tell the crew what heading to set into the navigation system. The device can be used at Sun elevation angles up to 75 degrees. A speed indicator...

Info

A complex of domical structures about 5 km north of the landing site constitutes another objective of the mission. The hills may be made of volcanic domes superposed on the surrounding mare or buried domical structures thinly covered by the mare-like material. Amont the hills are large craters which have excavated subsurface material for sampling as well as interesting linear depressions and ridges. The fifth sampling objective of the mission is a cluster of craters which forms an...

Television And Ground Controlled Television Assembly

Two different color television cameras will be used during the Apollo 15 mission. One, manufactured by Westinghouse, will be used in the command module. It will be fitted with a two-inch black and white monitor to aid the crew in focus and exposure adjustment. The other camera, manufactured by RCA, is for lunar surface use and will be operated from three different positions mounted on the LM MESA, mounted on a tripod and connected to the LM by a 100-foot cable, and installed in the LRV with...

Biographical Data

Scott Colonel, USAF Apollo 15 Commander NASA Astronaut BIRTHPLACE AND DATE Born June 6, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas. His parents, Brigadier General USAF Retired and Mrs, Tom W. Scott, reside in La Jolla, California. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Blond hair blue eyes height 6 feet weight 175 pounds. EDUCATION Graduated from Western High School, Washington, D.C. received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and the degrees of Master of Science in Aeronautics and...

Photographic Equipment

Still and motion pictures will be made of most spacecraft maneuvers and crew lunar surface activities. During lunar surface operations, emphasis will be on documenting placement of lunar surface experiments and on recording in their natural state the lunar surface features. Command Module lunar orbit photographic tasks and experiments include high-resolution photography to support future landing missions, photography of surface features of special scientific interest and astronomical phenomena...

Apollo Recovery

Launch abort landing areas extend downrange 3,400 nautical miles from Kennedy Space Center, fanwise 50 nm above and below the limits of the variable launch azimuth 80-100 degrees in the Atlantic Ocean. Splashdown for a full-duration lunar landing mission launched on time July 26 will be at 4 46 p.m. EDT, August 7 at 26.1 North latitude by 158 West longitude about 290 nm due north of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The landing platform-helicopter LPH USS Okinawa, Apollo 15 prime recovery vessel, will be...