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Apollo 15
Apollo 15 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Explore the Hadley-Apennine region, set up and activate lunar surface scientific experiments, make engineering evaluations of new Apollo equipment, conduct lunar orbital experiments and photographic tasks.

Crew:
Commander: David R. Scott
Lunar module (Falcon) pilot: James B. Irwin
Command module (Endeavor) pilot: Alfred M. Worden

Accomplishments: Apollo 15 met its goals and also used the first automotive vehicle on the moon to extend the range of exploration.


Key Dates
26 Jul 1971:  Launch
29 Jul 1971:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
30 Jul 1971:  Lunar Landing
2 Aug 1971:  Lunar Surface Departure
7 Aug 1971:  End of Lunar Mission
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Apollo 15 Facts Apollo 15 was the fourth crewed mission to the lunar surface.

Apollo 15 used the first automotive vehicle on the moon.

The lunar module was named "Falcon" after the mascot of the Air Force Academy by the all-Air-Force crew of Apollo 15.

Scott was a colonel on his third spaceflight. Worden was a major and Irwin was a lieutenant colonel; it was the first spaceflight for both.

Apollo 15 was the first of the Apollo "J" missions, which doubled the time spent on the lunar surface and conducting "moonwalks," compared to the previous record-holder, Apollo 14.
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