The Apollo 15 astronauts and backup crew go through extensive geology training in preparation for their mission.

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Barry Bell ...
Rocco Petrone
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Chester Lee
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Karl Heinze (as Marc Macauley)
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The Apollo 15 astronauts and backup crew go through extensive geology training in preparation for their mission.

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In "The Thing We Came For", astronaut Dave Scott tests the Galileo theory of dropped objects in a vacuum falling at the same rate (in this case, a hammer and feather) and landing at the same time. In the studio shots of the moon, actor Brett Cullen holds the hammer with the head pointed skyward. The actual footage then show Scott dropping the objects shown with the hammer head on the bottom. See more »

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Rocco Petrone: Gentlemen, It's getting late. And we still have the decision to make - Marius Hills or Hadley Rille. Help us out here, Dave. You're the commander and you haven't said a word all day.
Dave Scott: Well, Lets See. Chet! No offense, be we feel we can land at either site. Dr. Pemberton. I'm one who respects hedging bets, but from what I've learned out in the field; Hadley Apennine, with it's complex variety of features, both impact and volcanic, is the best choice for putting together a picture of how the moon ...
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Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Written by John Sebastian
Courtesy of BMG International
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Geology
31 March 2012 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This episode had a lot of humor, and I found it amazing that they trained in the ways they did to identify rocks. I took a geology class in college, and found the subject fascinating. To get pilots excited about rocks seemed to be a unique challenge that they captured well in the film.

It was humorous to see the passionate science geeks argue about where to land the ship on the moon, and I do emphasize 'passionate'. You could tell that the story caught the excitement that these people had for their project. They wanted to do this more than anything in the whole world. It compels me to find such projects myself (not going to the moon, of course), but projects that you can soak your entire life into with a team and family.


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