New images published on Fox News show the Apollo 15 moon landing in remarkable detail 50 years later.
The footage, remastered by “Apollo Remastered” author Andy Saunders, shows the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) as it was driven by Astronaut Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin on the surface of the planet for the first time.
NASA SEISMOLOGISTS IMAGE INSIDE ANOTHER PLANET FOR THE FIRST TIME
Scott and Irwin landed the Falcon Lunar Module on July 30, 1971, according to a NASA event account.
The mission had been launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida four days earlier and entered orbit on July 29.
Irwin and Scott then separated the Falcon from fellow astronaut Alfred Worden, who remained in orbit aboard the Endeavor.
Scott and Irwin landed at the Hadley-Apennines site and completed four spacewalks and three excursions using LRV, for a combined total of 19 hours and 17.5 miles.
The pair collected 170 pounds of lunar material, including rock and soil samples, while Worden also took photos and performed an expanded set of observations from above.
Some 57 hours later – after sleeping on the moon relatively quietly, save for a potential oxygen leak – Scott and Irwin prepared to join Worden.
On August 2, the Falcon lifted off from the moon – first seen on Earth via an LRV television camera – and the spacecraft docked at Endeavor as the module entered its 50th lunar orbit.
On August 5, Worden became the first human to perform a deep space EVA (extravehicular activity), exiting the spacecraft, climbing to the rear of the service module, and retrieving film tapes from his cameras. , and coming back in less than 20 minutes.
At 4:46 p.m. ET on August 7, Apollo 15 landed in the Pacific Ocean after a mission lasting more than 12 days.
The crew was recovered from the waters north of Honolulu by the USS Okinawa.
Apollo 15 set several records for crewed spaceflight, including the heaviest payload in a lunar orbit, the maximum radial distance the moon traveled away from the spacecraft, the longest lunar surface EVAs, and the duration longest for lunar surface EVAs, longest time in lunar orbit, longest manned lunar mission, longest Apollo mission, first deep space and operational EVA and first satellite placed in lunar orbit by a crewed spaceship.
While many Americans remember Apollo 11 – the first space flight that landed humans on the moon – and the near-fatal Apollo 13 mission, Apollo 15 and the LRV remain historical symbols of the space program’s lunar program. American.
Saunders’ photos – including images taken with a Hasselblad camera – have been stitched into panoramas and include both images taken on the lunar surface and of the Endeavor, which are highlighted in a YouTube video.
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In addition to the lunar landscape photos, Saunders remastered footage of the first tracks made by the LRV, the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) setup, and a photo of Irwin saluting the American flag.