The Moon: NASA's Captain Video

THE stunning telecasts from Apollo 15's landing site involved an army of technicians, a worldwide network of tracking stations and a remarkable new $582,000 color camera developed by RCA. Yet if any single person can be credited with the success of the lunar sound-and-light show, he is a quiet, cherubic-looking NASA engineer named Edward I. Fendell, 39, who clearly ranks as the space agency's own Captain Video.

It was Fendell's responsibility to control the moon rover's camera during the astronauts' lunar explorations. Sitting at his large, 15-button console in Houston, Fendell operated the RCA...