Apollo 15 Mission
The primary objectives assigned to the Apollo mission were as follows:
- to perform selenological inspections, survey and sampling of materials and surface features in a preselected area of the Hadley-Appennius region;
- to emplace and activate surface experiments;
- to evaluate the capability of the Apollo equipment to provide extended lunar surface stay time; and
- to conduct inflight experiments and photographic tasks from lunar orbit.
Mission Event List and Timeline
|EVENT||DATE & TIME (EST)||MISSION TIME|
|Launch||July 26 09:34:00 am||00:00:00|
|Translunar injection||12:30:03 pm||02:56:03|
|CSM-LM docking||01:07:49 pm||03:33:49|
|Lunar orbit insertion||July 29 04:05:46 pm||78:31:46|
|CSM-LM separation||July 30 02:13:30 pm||100:39:30|
|Lunar landing||06:16:29 pm||104:42:29|
|First EVA||July 31 09:13:10 am||119:39:10|
|Second EVA||August 1 07:48:48 am||142:14:48|
|Third EVA||August 2 04:52:14 am||163:18:14|
|Lunar liftoff||August 3 01:11:22 pm||171:37:22|
|LM-CSM docking||03:09:47 pm||173:35:47|
|Transearth injection||August 4 05:22:45 pm||223:48:45|
|Splashdown||August 7 04:45:53 pm||295:11:53|
David R. Scott, Mission Commander, was born on June 6, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas. He received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1954 and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He was chosen with the third group of astronauts in 1963. He was the pilot of Gemini 8, command module pilot on Apollo 9, and backup commander of Apollo 12. He was the seventh man to walk on the Moon. In July 1972 he became Special Assistant for Mission Operations for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and in April 1975 was appointed director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. He resigned from NASA on October 30, 1977.
|James B. Irwin, Lunar Module Pilot, was born on March 17, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951 and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1957. He was chosen in the fifth group of astronauts in 1966. He was backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 12, and was the eighth man to walk on the Moon. He resigned from NASA and the Air Force in July 1972.|
Alfred M. Worden, Command Module Pilot, was born on February 7, 1932, in Jackson, Michigan. He earned a B.S. at the U.S. Military Academy in 1955 and an M.S. in both Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering at the University of Michigan (1963). Worden was chosen in the fifth group of astronauts in 1966. He was backup command module pilot for Apollo 12. In September 1972 he was assigned to the NASA Ames Research Center as Director of Advanced Research and Technology. He resigned from NASA and the Air Force on September 1, 1975.
The Back-up Crew
The following astronauts were the backup crew for Apollo 15: Richard F. Gordon (backup pilot for Gemini 8, pilot for Gemini 11, backup command module pilot for Apollo 9, and command module pilot for Apollo 12) was backup mission commander; Vance D. Brand was backup command module pilot; and Harrison H. Schmitt was the backup lunar module pilot.