HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA.....The countdown for Apollo 15B began this morning at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center with the flight crew going through final preparations for a simulated liftoff at 8:34 AM, CDT, July 26, 1971. The flight of Apollo 15B is a simulated flight of Apollo 15 being conducted in its entirety by the Butler High School Aerospace Team. The team will use special mock-ups of the Apollo spacecraft and Lunar Roving vehicle located at the Space and Rocket Center. Flight Director, Frank Putman, today announced the primary crew. Flight Commander is Paul Childs. Command Module Pilot, Patrick Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot. Bill Klieber. The crew members will simulate all phases of the actual mission including liftoff in the Apollo Command Module, landing on the moon in the Lunar Module, and exploration of Hadley - Apennine lunar base by Lunar Roving Vehicle. Mission Control, which is located in the Center's Spacecraft Tracking Station, will be manned by team personnel headed by Flight Director Putman, and assisted by Assistant Flight Director John Meadows, Flight Medical Officer David Shollenburger, and Launch Communications Director Terry May. Others serving as mission support personnel are: Janice Davidson Gahan Breithaupt Mike Holmes Bentley Erwin Carole Cozene Marc Hawkins Robert Lawson Tommy Bruggeman Douglas Edwards John Askins Micheal Provancha Rickey Parker Ronald Suerman Peggy Windsor The crew members have their parents permission to be away overnight for 12 days - and away in this case means to Hadley - Apennine moon base aboard Apollo 15B spaceships Endeavour and Falcon. The entire mission simulation will be held at the Center's moon crater exhibit. The public will be permitted to observe the mission while visiting the Center. Daily mission status announcements will be made through the local nows media. July 23, 1971
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July 26. 1971
LAUNCH OF APOLLO 15B
HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA.... .Simultaneously with the launch of Apollo 15 from Cape Kennedy. Florida. at 8;34 AM (CST) today. the simulation flight of Apollo 15B got underway at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center with three members of the Butler High School Aerospace Team. The flight crew consists of Paul Childs. Mission Comnander; Bill Klieber. Lunar Module Pilot; and Patrick Collins. Command Module Pilot. According to Apollo 15B Flight Director Frank Putman. the three astronauts got off in good spirits. After a 6:30 AM breakfast of eggs, bacon, and cheese toast, the astronauts were in the capsule at 7:00 AM to begin the countdown. The liftoff went very well and translunar insertion simulation has gone as scheduled. Dinner is tonight at 6:30 PM provided to the astronauts compliments of Jack's Hamburgers. The menu calls for two hamburgers. french fries and a coke, with jello for dessert. Mission control duties are underway around the clock. For information on the Apollo 15B flight call 837-3400.
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July 27, 1971
FLIGHT OF APOLLO 158
HUNTSVILLE, AIABAMA.....The flight of Apollo 15B, a simulated flight of Apollo 15, is being conducted in its entirety by the Butler High School Aerospace Team. The team is using special mock-ups of the Apollo spacecraft and Lunar Roving Vehicles located in the nocket Park area of the Alabama Space and Rocket Center. Under the direction of Flight Director Frank Putnam. the
primary crew is Flight Commander Paul Childs; Command Module Pilot Patrick Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Bill Klieber.
8:00 PM - Command Module Endeavor B developed serious leakage from rainstorm.
10:50 PM - Leakage problem corrected and switch position exercise accomplished.
11:29 PM - 13 second burn for midcourse correction simulation.
11:45 PM - Sleep.
The public is permitted to observe the mission while visiting the Center. Information is available by calling 837-3400.
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HUNTSVILLE. AIABAMA.... .Visitors to the Space and Rocket Center will he treated to a special live demonstration of exploring the noon's surface on Saturday and sunday as a part of the simulated flight of Apollo 15B.
Crew members, Commander Paul Childs and Lunar Module Pilot William Klieber, will don their space suits and climb out of the lunar module at 8:24 AM, Saturday, and conduct experiments on the moon and deploy the Lunar Roving Vehicle. They will remain on the 100 ft. diameter moon crater about 7 hours working with exploration tools and the LRV.
On Sunday, the crew will exit the lunar module at 5:44 AM and continue exploring the Hedley - Apennine region with the LRV until 12:44 PM. The crew will be equipped with a complete space suit and portable air conditioning system.
The demonstration will be conducted on the Center's moon crater by members of the Butler High School aerospace team. The prime crew has been simulating the entire flight of Apollo 15 since liftoff five days ago.
The public will be permitted to observe the demonstration while visiting the Center. Operating hours are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
JULY 29, 1971
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HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA......The crew of Apollo 15B continues their simulated flight now in its eleventh day in good spirits. Crew members, Commander, Paul Childs, Command Module Pilot, Patrick Collins and Lunar Module Pilot, William Klieber have been simulating
the Apollo 15 mission in its entirety at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center since liftoff on July 26. The crew is scheduled to splashdown at 3:45 PM on August 7, completing their twelve day simulated mission. The public is invited to observe the simulation while visiting
August 6, 1971
Members of the Press are invited to witness the splashdown at 3:45 PM on August 7, at the Alabama Space and Rocket Center.