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26th of August 2021
50th anniversary of Apollo 15
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission to the moon. Crewed by David Scott, James Irwin and Alfred Worden, Apollo 15 was launched on 26 July 1971 with splashdown back on Earth on 7 August 1971. As Hamish Lindsay recounts in his essay on the honeysucklecreek.net website, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station covered all the critical parts of that mission -- including the excursions on the surface of the moon and the first lunar rover downlink to the ground, Although the station had been almost completely rebuilt between Apollo 14 (February 1971) and Apollo 15, the mission support ran seamlessly. On Wednesday 4th August 1971, Hamish Lindsay took this photo of Honeysuckle Creek tracking the CSM in lunar orbit. (Image credit: Hamish Lindsay and honeysucklecreek.net. Photo scanned by Colin Mackellar.)

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