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Commanding Apollo XV

Colonel Dave Scott
Tuesday, 25 Apr 2006
Hong Kong Fooll Club
Commanding Apollo XV: Quests on the Moon
Colonel Dave Scott
Tuesday, 25 April 2006
The Hong Kong Fooll Club, Causeway Bay
Drinks Reception with Canapes 6.30 pm
Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted and honoured to welcome to Hong Kong perhaps the greatest of all astronauts, Colonel Dave Scott to address us on his unique career. As a NASA astronaut, Colonel Scott flew on three space missions. He was the pilot on Gemini 8 which achieved the first docking of two vehicles in space and he was the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 9, the first complete test flight of all Apollo lunar mission spacecraft. As Commander of Apollo 15, the first extended scientific exploration of the moon and the first to use of a lunar roving vehicle, Colonel Scott walked and drove extensively on the moon and found the celebrated "Genesis Rock". For this he received NASA's highest award "For leading the most complex and carefully planned scientific expedition in the history of exploration..." He has logged 546 hours in space, of which 20 hours and 46 minutes were in Extravehicular Activity. He is only one of three astronauts who have flown both earth orbital and lunar missions. On 16 March 1966, he and Neil Armstrong were launched into space on the Gemini 8 mission. Despite a malfunctioning thruster, the crew performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space and demonstrated the greatest piloting skill in overcoming the thruster problem and bringing the spacecraft to a safe landing. Colonel Scott was then command module pilot for Apollo 9, 313 March 1969. This was the third manned flight in the Apollo series and the first to complete a comprehensive earthorbital qualification. The tenday flight provided vital information previously not available on the operational performance, stability, and reliability of lunar module propulsion. The crew demonstrated the operational feasibility of crew transfer and extravehicular activity techniques and equipment. During this period, Colonel Scott completed a 1hour standup extravehicular activity in the open command module hatch and also retrieved thermal materials from the command module exterior. He made his third space flight as spacecraft commander of Apollo 15, 26 July 7 August 1971. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing mission and the first to visit and explore the moon's Hadley Rille and Apennine Mountains which are located on the southeast edge of the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). The lunar module, "Falcon", remained on the lunar surface for 66 hours and 54 minutes (setting a new record for lunar surface stay time) and Colonel Scott logged 18 hours and 35 minutes in extravehicular activities conducted during three separate excursions onto the lunar surface. Using "Rover1" to transport themselves and their equipment along portions of Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains, Colonel Scott and the team performed a detailed inspection of the area and collected 180 pounds (82 kg) of lunar surface materials. This included the "Genesis Rock", a sample of lunar crust which indicates that the rock was formed in the early stages of the solar system, several billion years ago. Prior to entering the private sector, Colonel Scott was Director of the Flight Research Centre, Edwards, California, the prime NASA aeronautical flight research facility. He resigned that position in 1977 to found his own company, Scott Science and Technology, Inc. Colonel Scott has been President of Vanguard Space Corporation since he founded the company in 1990. The company provides management and technical services related to space projects for commercial and government customers. Colonel Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctorate of Astronautical Science degree from the University of Michigan. He has been awarded two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the United Nations Peace Medal 1971 and numerous other trophies. He is author of a book with Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space, titled Two Sides of the Moon, about being on both sides of the space race during the Cold War. During 1997, Colonel Scott was the technical advisor to the Director of the movie Apollo 13, Mr. Ron Howard. Colonel Scott is also the holder of ten U.S. and European Patents covering inventions in the areas of spaceflight operations and robotic planetary exploration. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is $100 for Members and HK$150 for others. This includes a free drink with snacks and canapes at the Reception prior to the lecture.

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