On This Day in Space! Aug. 2, 1971: Apollo 15 makes 1st televised lunar liftoff

The Apollo 15 mission launched to the moon on July 26, 1971. The mission was commanded by Scott, with Irwin as lunar module pilot. Astronaut Al Worden served as command module pilot and remained aboard Endeavour as Scott and Irwin explored the moon’s surface. The Apollo 15’s Falcon lunar lander touched down on the moon on July 30. Orwin and Scott performed three moonwalks and test drove NASA’s new lunar rover before lifting off on Aug. 2.


The Apollo 15 crew remained in lunar orbit until Aug. 4, when they departed for Earth. The mission ended with a splashdown landing in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 7.
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