Apollo 15

Programs and Activities

In this program for National Air and Space Society Members on July 28, mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15 with Dr. Farouk El-Baz and Dr. James Head about of their essential roles in the Apollo program, from training astronauts to setting scientific objectives to selecting landing sites.

Soar Together @ Air and Space is a monthly family program from the National Air and Space Museum. This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon! Find out what made this mission stand out from the other Apollo missions, and explore/learn/experience what it takes to join a team of lunar explorers.

Apollo astronauts brought back over 800 pounds of rocks from the moon. Joins us for this program where we will discuss these samples and answer your questions about Moon rocks. 

An unexpectedly quick descent to Earth

During the re-entry and descent of the Apollo 15 Command Module, one of its three parachutes failed to open fully. As a result, the descent velocity was faster than expected. Luckily, the crew was unharmed. 

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About Apollo 15

First of the Apollo J mission series which were capable of longer stay times on the Moon and greater surface mobility, Apollo 15 had four primary objectives.

The landing site of the Apollo 15 mission was at the foot of the Apennine mountain range. Learn more about this part of the Moon and why Apollo 15 landed here. 

Who crewed the Apollo 15 Mission?

The Apollo 15 Mission sought to investigate lunar geology and lunar orbital science. 

Al Worden
A Conversation with an Apollo 15 Astronaut

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. Listen him reflect on his life and career.

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