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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Larry Parks ...
Rocco Petrone (as Barry Bell)
Chester Lee
Karl Heinze (as Marc Macauley)
Joe Allen
Al Worden
Arland Russell ...
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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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3 May 1998 (USA)  »

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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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Kind of boring unless you're into rocks
16 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this episode is a little more "egghead" than the others, and yes, it does give great insight into the science aspect and research opportunities the moon missions provided. However, most of us didn't take "rocks for jocks" in high school, and so it's somewhat of a snooze fest. The acting is top notch, no doubt: David Clennon really shines here, after being a face we mostly know from _The Thing_ and _The Right Stuff_. His lively portrayal of a geologist helping the astronauts learn proper observation and research techniques for their journey to the moon is great; it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role, really, because he nails it so well. This episode basically is about Apollo 15, and perhaps some insight into the stamp scandal would have been good viewing fare, but obviously the writers/producers steered away from controversy with the series as a whole. Tom Amandes does a good job portraying Harrison Schmidt, too, although some coverage of his actual spaceflight later on Apollo 17 would have been a nice add on here as the only scientist astronaut to reach the moon.

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