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Galileo Was Right 

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


David Carson


Andrew Chaikin (book), Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (as Jeffrey Fiskin) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Self - Host
Tom Amandes ... Jack Schmitt
John Aylward ... Dr. Ray Pemberton
Larry Parks Larry Parks ... Rocco Petrone (as Barry Bell)
David Clyde Carr ... Gerry Griffin
David Clennon ... Dr. Leon (Lee) Silver
Brett Cullen ... Dave Scott
Keith Flippen ... Jason
Joe Inscoe ... Chester Lee
Marc Macaulay ... Karl Henize (as Marc Macauley)
Doug McKeon ... Joe Allen
Tim Parati ... Blaisdell
Michael Raynor ... Al Worden
Arland Russell Arland Russell ... Geology Professor
Nick Searcy ... Deke Slayton


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

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Did You Know?


Jim Irwin is shown as being very dehydrated after one of the moonwalks. This is accurate: the drinking water supply in his suit failed and he wasn't able to drink during his very strenuous activities. This was recorded for the rest of his flight as irregular heartbeats and is attributed to the heart issues that ultimately cut his life short. See more »


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 »


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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Alternate Versions

Warner Brothers remastered the entire miniseries for re-release in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was enhanced to improve picture and sound quality, more saturated, and completely true widescreen. This new version was released both in Blu-Ray format and for streaming services. See more »


There Is a Mountain
Performed by Donovan
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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3 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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