Lunar Surface Viewed From Orbit
Control During Falcon's Lunar Landing
Descending The Ladder
Of Astronaut On The Footpad
And Scott Deploy The Rover
And Scott Deploy The Rover
And Scott Work Near Falcon
TV Camera Now Mounted On The Rover
|The stage is
set for the most exciting mission to the Moon yet. Apollo 15 will
land in an area of the Moon with diverse geology. The landing
site in the Apennine mountains features not only the first landing near
mountains, but also a canyon called Hadley Rille.
Astronauts Scott and Irwin will cover unprecedented distances while
they are on the lunar surface. There mobility will be
greatly increased by an electric vehicle called the lunar rover.
In July of 1971
I am 13 years old. This year on the farm we raised a considerable
amount of wheat. After harvesting the wheat, I am helping my Mom
and Dad save the excess straw by gathering it into bales. In the
middle of July in Nebraska it is very hot and humid. Working with
all of those straw bales is grueling and dusty work.
I am very motivated to work very hard on this project. I have
struck a deal with my parents that if I work hard with the straw, they
will buy me film for my camera for the upcoming Apollo 15 mission.
For previous Apollo missions I have typically had only a single roll of
film. For the spectacle that I believe Apollo 15 will provide I
am hoping to have 5 or 6 rolls of film.
My parents are also letting me drive the pickup truck out in the wheat
stubble field. This is a lot of fun. To me however it is
not a truck. When I am driving, I imagine that I am driving the
lunar rover on the surface of the Moon.
As I drive in the field I wind around back and forth sampling the
geology. I think my parents are somewhat embarrassed by my
circuitous routes during my expeditions. The probably fear that
the neighbors will think that the driver of this meandering vehicle has
All of the straw that we have baled is being stored in the abandoned
two story farm house that my grandparents used to live in. The
rooms are packed from the floor to the ceiling. We are working
like an assembly line. I am inside of the house stacking the
bales and my father is sending them up to me via an elevator. Did
I mention how hot, Nebraska is in the summer?
difficult working conditions are wasps that seem to have taken up
residence in the abandoned house. I do not waver on my commitment to
finishing this job without
complaining. I work like a mule, knowing that my reward is going
to be film.
It is now 33 years after I worked with those bales of straw. By
no small miracle some of the photographs and negatives that I captured
from the Apollo 15 mission coverage still survive. On the AP 15
TV linked pages you will see some of those images. Some of the
images are scanned in from photos and some are scanned in from the
It is rather difficult to place the images in sequential order.
In time I hope to watch the Apollo 15 mission video again in order to
make the time line more accurate.
Reflecting back upon it now, those images are just as exciting to me
now as they were 33 years ago.