12.0 ASSESSMENT OF MISSION OBJECTIVES
The four primary objectives (ref. 4) assigned to the Apollo 15
a. Perform selenological inspection, survey, and sampling of materials and surface
features in a pre-selected area of the Hadley-Apennine region.
Twelve detailed objectives (derived from primary objectives) and
twenty-four experiments (listed in
table 12-1 Concluded
and described in reference 5)
were assigned to the mission. Preliminary indications are that adequate
data were obtained to successfully complete all objectives.
b. Emplace and activate surface experiments.
c. Evaluate the capability of the Apollo equipment to provide
extended lunar surface stay time, increased extravehicular operations,
and surface mobility.
d. Conduct inflight experiments and photographic tasks from lunar orbit.
The Manned Spacecraft Center participated in two of nine approved
operational tests. The two operational tests were: lunar gravity measurement
(using the lunar module primary guidance system) and a lunar module
voice and data relay test (a lunar module and Manned Space Flight
Network test of voice and portable life support system data from the Lunar Module Pilot).
Both tests were completed.
The other seven tests were performed for the Department of Defense
and the Kennedy Space Center. These tests are designated as follows:
a. Chapel Bell (classified Department of Defense test)
b. Radar skin tracking
c. Ionospheric disturbance from missiles
d. Acoustic measurement of missile exhaust noise
e. Army acoustic test
f. Long-focal-length optical system
g. Sonic boom measurement
TABLE 12-1. - DETAILED OBJECTIVES AND EXPERIMENTS (Concluded)
a Fourteen 35-mm photographs were scheduled for the Gegenschein
from lunar orbit experiment. None of the photographs were obtained because of an error in the spacecraft photographic attitudes used. The error was incurred during the analytical transformation of the target coordinates to spacecraft attitudes.