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Apollo 15 PAO Mission Commentary

Apollo 15 PAO Mission Commentary

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1PAOThisisKennedyLaunchControlT-1hour31minutesandcounting.AilstillgoingwellwithApollo15.Theastronautcrewonboardthespacecrafta_the320footlevelstillworkingontheirfinalchecks,workingwithspacecraftconductor,testconductorSkipChauvin.Chauvinjustashortwhileagoinstructedtothepadleadertostartbreakinguptheflightroom.Thisisoneofthefinalprocessesbeforethecrewismoved,thecloseoutcrewdepartsfromthespacecraftarea.Thecloseoutprocessatthispointistoremovecertainpanelssothattheswingarmwillbeabletocomebackwithoutanyproblemsatthe43minutemarkonthecount.Thisisswingarm9,theApolloaccessarm,whichisfirstmovedsome6feetawayfromthespacecraft.Hereinthecontrolcenterwe'regettingintosomechecksofthetrackingbeaconsontheSaturn5launchvehicle,andthechecksbothhereandinthefiringroomasfaraslaunchvehicleandinthespace-craftcontrolroomstillgoingverywell.Ihour29minutesandcountingthisisKennedyLaunchControl.ENDOFTAPE
 
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PAOThisisKennedyLaunchControlT-minus1hour21minutesandcounting.Ailaspectsofthecount-downstillGOforApollo15.StillaimingtowardourplannedT-0liftoffat9:34A.M.EDT.TheAdministratoroftheNationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministration,Dr.JamesFletcher,hasjustarrivedhereinfiringrooml,thecontrolroomforthislaunch.He'sbeingbriefedbytheDeputyAdministrator,Dr.GeorgeLow,andisbeingtoldthatthecountdowni
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stillgoingexcellentlyasithassinceitpickeduplatelastevening.Thespacecraftcommander,DaveScott,aboardthespacecraft,withhis2comradesatthe320footlevelofthePAD,Scottnowworkingonsomecommandandguidancechecks,workingwithspacecrafttestconductorSkipChauvininthespacecraftcheckoutteam.Hereinthefiringroom,underthedirectionoftestsuper-visorJimHarrington,andthelaunchvehicletestconductorNormanCarlson,thelaunchteammakingsomefinaltelemetrychecksofthestatus-ofthetrackingtelemetryinthe3stagesintheinstrumentunitofthesaturn5launchvehicle.Stillcounting,stillGO.Weatherreportexcellentforlaunchattempt,abeautifulmorningforaflighttothemoon.1hour19minutes45secondsandcounting.ThisisKennedyLaunchControl.ENDOFTAPE