The Moon: Apollo 15: A Giant Step for Science

FOR several chilling minutes last week, millions of television viewers wondered if Astronauts Dave Scott, Jim Irwin and Al Worden were going to make it safety back to earth. As the command module Endeavour came into sight high above the fluffy clouds over the Pacific, it became apparent that one of its three big orange-and-white chutes was fouled and thus not supporting its share of the load. Dropping into the calm seas 300 miles north of Hawaii several feet per second faster than planned, the moonship created a mighty splash. But despite the jolting...

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