NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 1 of 3
Part of To the Moon Interviews.
David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, is interviewed about his early role in NASA and the Apollo program. He explains how he became involved in NASA as a representative during Apollo, then was assigned to Gemini 8 with Neil Armstrong, during which one of the thrusters caused the spacecraft to begin spinning dangerously. Scott discusses his belief that the Apollo program did not need geologists, and also talks about the many firsts of Apollo 9, and the uncertainty for the crews of who would go to the moon. On the use of the lunar module (LM), Scott explains how men had to go upside-down to leave the Command and Service Module (CSM), which proved difficult in space, where there was no clear directions.
- To the Moon
- Program Number
Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 1 of 3
- Series Description
NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.
- Program Description
Alan Binder, former Principal Investigator of NASA's Lunar Prospector mission, is interviewed about the Lunar Prospector. Binder says that if moon travel became viable again, he would want to go to the moon, but says that in order to get financial and public support for space exploration, scientists need to sell the science of the moon. Another option, according to Binder, is to make travel to the moon commercially viable, and lists many benefits of going to the moon, including using it as a fuel source, or colonizing the surface for human habitation (audio cuts out from 00:07:30 - 00:09:00). Binder explains the work of the Lunar Prospector and talks about the necessity of having computers to do a lot of the work. On Apollo, Binder calls the program the most significant event of the 21st century, and talks about the roles of the Apollo program, the Clementine spacecraft, and hte Lunar Prospector. The interview ends with Binder's views on his relationship with NASA, which he characterizes as being needlessly bound up in beaurocracy and red tape.
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- American history
- WGBH Educational Foundation (Producing Organization)
- Scott, David, 1932- (Interviewee)
- Rights Summary
Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation
- Chicago: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 1 of 3,” 1998, GBH Archives, accessed October 1, 2023, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA05736E1F724AFE82AF72A59589C902.
- MLA: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 1 of 3.” 1998. GBH Archives. Web. October 1, 2023. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA05736E1F724AFE82AF72A59589C902>.
- APA: NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 1 of 3. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA05736E1F724AFE82AF72A59589C902