Apollo 15

“Climb board the Lunar Rover”

Crew: David R. Scott (Commander); James B. Irwin (Lunar Module Pilot);
Alfred M. Worden (Command Module Pilot)

Launch Vehicle: Saturn V

Spacecraft: Endeavor (CM-112), Falcon (LM-10)

Launch Date: July 26, 1971

Return Date: August 7, 1971

Apollo 15 was the first of the Apollo “J” missions. It was capable of staying a longer time on the moon and had greater surface mobility, thanks to the Lunar Roving Vehicle. The mission objectives were to 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 complete photographic tasks.

One of the samples brought back from Apollo 15 was the “Genesis Rock”, a 4 billion year old piece of anorthosite formed during the earliest stages of the solar system.

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