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NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 3 of 3

Part of To the Moon Interviews.

1998

David Scott, former NASA astronaut and Commander of Apollo 15, is interviewed about Jim Irwin's heart problems, difficulties of using space suits, the limits of space exploration, and the need to explore the moon to gain an understanding of Mars. The interview ends with a discussion of Gene Shoemaker's contributions to geological training and observation during Apollo missions, and his decision to leave.


License Clip
Series
NOVA
Program
To the Moon
Program Number

2610

Title

Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 3 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.

Duration

0:06:23

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Subjects
American history
Apollo
Space
Moon
Gemini
Astronaut
Creators
WGBH Educational Foundation (Producing Organization)
Contributors
Scott, David, 1932- (Interviewee)
Rights Summary

Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 3 of 3,” 1998, GBH Archives, accessed October 1, 2023, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FF2038B976B3483492E8B16D57D88A78.
MLA: “NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 3 of 3.” 1998. GBH Archives. Web. October 1, 2023. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FF2038B976B3483492E8B16D57D88A78>.
APA: NOVA; To the Moon; Interview with David Scott, astronaut and commander of Apollo 15, part 3 of 3. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FF2038B976B3483492E8B16D57D88A78
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