Transcript: Apollo 14: Mission to Fra Mauro | Jun 06, 1999

A man through the radio says REAL WILD
[unclear] YOU'RE NOT GOING TO
BELIEVE THIS, BUT IT LOOKS JUST
LIKE THE MAP... INCREDIBLE.
[explosion]

An opening slate reads "The Apollo Years."

A male announcer says ... APOLLO CONTROL AT 52
HOURS, 56 MINUTES, CAPCOM PAUL
WEISS IS GETTING READY TO PUT IN
A CALL TO THE CREW NOW.
(Playing "Reveille")

The title fades and another appears that reads "Apollo 14."

Another male announcer says APOLLO 12 ALL PRESENT AND
ACCOUNTED FOR, SIR.
(Rocket roaring)
(music plays)

A huge white rocket sits on a launch pad and begins the camera travels up the
full length of the impressive rocket. Clouds of smoke and flame rise as the
support gear is moved to one side. A period clip shows the rocket, conspicuously marked "U.S.A." rising on a pillar of fire and slowly gathering momentum. Observation post and Control Room scientists watch the launch and follow the rocket with binoculars.

A male announcer says WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
IN THIS DECADE AND DO THE OTHER
THINGS, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE
EASY, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.
Once in dark blue space, an onboard camera shows the separation of the launch section. The Earth appears at a distance. A clip shows the widely publicized shots of the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon and the Lander being launched.

Mission control says WELCOME TO THE MOON.

A man says THANK YOU.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says 10 percent FUEL.
(Astronauts speaking)

Mission control says 30 SECONDS.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says HOUSTON, TRANQUILLITY BASE
HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.
(music plays)
The shots show Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, the footprints on the dusty surface.

Next to the footprint, the title reads "The Apollo Years."

Now Marc Garneau appears on screen standing in a space museum. Marc is in his forties, has short, dark gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue polo shirt, and khaki pants.

Marc says HELLO, WELCOME
TO "THE APOLLO YEARS" I'M MARC
GARNEAU.
AFTER THE NEAR DISASTER OF
APOLLO 13, AND MOUNTING
CRITICISM FROM THOSE OPPOSED TO
THE COST OF THE SPACE PROGRAM,
NASA WAS ANXIOUS TO GET BACK ON
TRACK FOR A THIRD LUNAR LANDING.
ALAN SHEPARD, AMERICA'S FIRST
ASTRONAUT IN SPACE, WOULD
COMMAND THE NEXT MISSION.
ON JANUARY 31st, 1971, STUART
ROOSA AND EDGAR MITCHELL JOINED
HIM IN THE APOLLO 14 CAPSULE,
AND THEY BLASTED OFF TO THE
MOON.
BUT THERE WAS TROUBLE AHEAD.
ROOSA HAD A TOUGH TIME DOCKING
THE COMMAND MODULE TO THE LEM,
FINALLY MAKING IT ON THE SIXTH
TRY.
AND LATER, A FAULTY SWITCH IN
THE LUNAR MODULE TRIGGERED AN
ABORT SIGNAL.
BUT THEIR LUCK STARTED TO
CHANGE.
SHEPARD THEN PERFORMED THE MOST
ACCURATE LUNAR LANDING IN ALL OF
THE APOLLO MISSIONS, COMING
WITHIN METRES OF HIS PROPOSED
SITE AT FRA MAURO, AT THE
EASTERN EDGE OF THE OCEAN OF
STORMS.
TEN YEARS AFTER HIS FIRST
FLIGHT, ALAN SHEPARD BECAME THE
ONLY MEMBER OF THE MERCURY 7
ASTRONAUTS TO SET FOOT ON THE
MOON.
TWO LUNAR EXCURSIONS, TOTALLING
OVER NINE HOURS, YIELDED 43
KILOGRAMS OF ROCKS, AND, OH YES,
AFTER THREE SWINGS, ALAN SHEPARD
MADE GOLF HISTORY, HITTING A
HOLE IN ONE IN ONE OF THE MOON'S
CRATERS.
NOW, FROM THE NASA ARCHIVES,
"APOLLO 14, MISSION TO FRA
MAURO."
(music plays)

The narrator says MAY 5, 1961,
FREEDOM 7.
THE UNITED STATES TOOK THE FIRST
SMALL STEP ON ITS JOURNEY TO THE
MOON.
AMERICA'S FIRST MAN IN SPACE,
ALAN SHEPARD, RODE THE MERCURY
CAPSULE.
LIFTED TO 116 MILES BY THE
REDSTONE ROCKET'S 78,000 POUNDS
OF THRUST.
TEN YEARS LATER, THE LAUNCH
VEHICLE IS SATURN 5.
WITH A THRUST OF 7 A HALF MILLION
POUNDS.
ON JANUARY 31, 1971, THE CREW OF
APOLLO 14 WOULD LEAVE EARTH ON
THEIR MISSION TO THE MOON.
THE MAN WHO BEGAN OUR FIRST
DECADE OF MANNED SPACE FLIGHT
WOULD COMMAND THE MISSION THAT
WOULD CLOSE THAT DECADE, ALAN
SHEPARD.
WITH HIM, STUART ROOSA, WHO
WOULD ORBIT THE MOON ALONE,
WHILE SHEPARD AND EDGAR MITCHELL
EXPLORED ITS SURFACE.
THEIR DESTINATION, A RUGGED AREA
OF LUNAR HIGHLANDS CALLED FRA
MAURO.
APOLLO 13, ABORTED AS IT NEARED
THE MOON, HAD BEEN UNABLE TO
LAND AT THIS SITE.
NOW, WE WERE TRYING AGAIN.
BUT WHY FRA MAURO?

The astronauts board the bus en route to the rocket.

A man says WHAT HAPPENED TO THE
MOON DURING ITS FIRST BILLION
YEARS, A PERIOD ERASED ON EARTH?
HOW DO THE EARTH AND THE MOON
DIFFER IN OVERALL COMPOSITION?
BY VISITING FRA MAURO, WE HOPE
TO SAMPLE THE VERY BEDROCK OF
THE MOON.
MATERIAL VERY DIFFERENT FROM
THAT SO FAR COLLECTED.
MATERIAL PERHAPS DATING BACK TO
THE BEGINNING OF THE SOLAR
SYSTEM.

Now the astronauts step into the elevator to walk into the rocket.

A man says HOW CAN YOU THINK OF THE
SOIL BEING 4.5 BILLION YEARS
OLD, WHEN IGNEOUS ROCKS WHICH
PRESUMABLY UNDERLIE IT ARE ONLY
3.5 OR 3.7 BILLION YEARS OLD?

A man says THIS, I SUPPOSE WILL BE
DRAMATICALLY REFUTED OR
CONFIRMED AT THE APOLLO 14
MISSION WHEN THEY ACTUALLY VISIT
FRA MAURO.

A man says MOST OF THE ACTIVITY IS
ASSOCIATED WITH ONE PLACE ON THE
MOON.
AND WE HAVE TENTATIVELY LOCATED
THAT PLACE IN OR NEAR THE CRATER
FRA MAURO.
[explosion]

The rocket launches and the fire ignites behind it.

A caption reads "Apollo 14, Mission to Fra Mauro."

The narrator says EVERYTHING WENT
(music plays)

The narrator says EVERYTHING WENT
SMOOTHLY DURING EARTH ORBIT, AND
FOR THE BURN THAT SENT APOLLO 14
TOWARD THE MOON.
THEN STUART ROOSA MOVED THE
COMMAND MODULE KITTY HAWK, TO A
DOCKING WITH THE LUNAR MODULE
ANTARES, STILL ATTACHED TO THE
THIRD STAGE OF THE BOOSTER.

A man through the radio says [unclear]
WE ARE UNABLE TO GET A CAPTURE.

The narrator says TWICE THEY TRIED,
THREE TIMES...
(music plays)

A man through the radio says [unclear]
HOUSTON, PRETTY GOOD, FOUR
SECONDS ON CONTACT, AND WE DID
NOT LATCH.

A man through the radio says ROGER,
WE'RE SEEING IT ALL ON TV HERE.

A man through the radio says NOW WE
BETTER BACK UP HERE AND THINK
ABOUT THIS.

The narrator says AS THE ASTRONAUTS
WAITED, AN IDENTICAL DOCKING
PROBE WAS BROUGHT INTO MISSION
CONTROL.
THIS PROBE ON THE COMMAND MODULE
FITS INTO A FUNNEL-LIKE DEVICE
ON THE LUNAR MODULE CALLED THE
DROGUE.
TINY CATCHES ON THE PROBE'S
POINT ENGAGE THE DROGUE.
IT WAS THESE CAPTURE LATCHES
THAT WERE NOT HOLDING.
IN SPACE, THE ASTRONAUTS TRIED A
FOURTH TIME, AND A FIFTH.

A man through the radio says NO LATCH.

A man through the radio says NO, NO
LATCH, ROGER.

The narrator says IN SPACE, ON EARTH,
THEY SEARCHED FOR A SOLUTION.
THEN, ON THE SIXTH TRY...

A man through the radio says I BELIEVE
I GOT A HARD TUCK IN.
[Cheering]
(music plays)

The narrator says AS THEY COASTED TO
THE MOON, THE CREW BROUGHT THE
PROBE INSIDE THE SPACECRAFT FOR
EXAMINATION.
ON EARTH, THE PROBE WAS TESTED
AND RETESTED, FOR WE HAD TO BE
SURE THAT THE PROBE WOULD WORK
FOR THE MOST CRITICAL DOCKING,
AS SHEPARD AND MITCHELL RETURNED
FROM THE LUNAR SURFACE.
ON FEBRUARY 4, APOLLO 14 WENT
INTO ORBIT AROUND THE MOON.

A man through the radio says THIS IS
REALLY A WILD PLACE UP HERE.

The narrator says AS APOLLO 14 WAS ON
ITS FIRST ORBIT, THE THIRD STAGE
OF THE BOOSTER SMASHED INTO THE
MOON AT ITS PLANNED TARGET
POINT, ITS IMPACT, PICKED UP BY
THE SEISMOMETER LEFT BY APOLLO
12.
(music plays)
THE STRUCTURE OF THE MOON'S
INTERIOR IS ONE OF THE MAJOR
MYSTERIES OF LUNAR SCIENCE.
NOW ANOTHER PIECE WAS ADDED THAT
COULD HELP SOLVE THE PUZZLE
LATER THAT DAY, SHEPARD AND
MITCHELL CLIMBED INTO THE LUNAR
MODULE, AND ANTARES AND UNDOCKED
PRIOR TO DESCENT.

A man through the radio says AND WE'RE
FREE.

A man through the radio says BEAUTIFUL,
VERY GOOD.

The narrator says BUT AS THEY CHECKED
OUT THE LUNAR MODULE, A PROBLEM
APPEARED.
AN ERRONEOUS ABORT WAS BEING
SIGNALLED ON BOARD ANTARES, AND
IN MISSION CONTROL.
SHOULD THIS OCCUR DURING THE
LANDING BURN, ANTARES WOULD
ABORT AUTOMATICALLY AND THE
LANDING WOULD BE OFF.
THE MISSION CONTROL TEAM HAD TWO
HOURS, THE TIME OF ONE LUNAR
ORBIT, TO FIND A SOLUTION.
FLIGHT CONTROLLER DICK THORSEN
DIAGNOSED THE TROUBLE AS A LOOSE
PARTICLE IN THE ABORT BUTTON.
THE BURDEN THEN CAME TO REST ON
THE SHOULDERS OF COMPUTER
PROGRAMMER DONALD ISLES.
WORKING AGAINST TIME AT MIT IN
CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS, HE
REPROGRAMMED THE LUNAR MODULE
COMPUTER TO IGNORE THE FAULT
SIGNAL.
THIS NEW PROGRAM WAS THEN
CHECKED OUT IN A SIMULATOR AT
CAPE KENNEDY.
AS ANTARES CAME INTO CONTACT
WITH EARTH AGAIN, THE
INSTRUCTIONS WERE SENT UP TO THE
CREW.

A man through the radio says ANTARES,
HOUSTON, THE COMPUTER'S YOURS.

A man through the radio says THANK YOU,
YOU DID A NICE JOB DOWN THERE,
[unclear]

The narrator says LESS THAN TEN MILES
ABOVE THE LUNAR SURFACE, SHEPARD
AND MITCHELL SWEPT ACROSS THE
LANDING SITE.

A man through the radio says AND
ANTARES, HOUSTON, YOU'RE GO FOR
FRA MAURO.

A man through the radio says IT'S A
BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE LAND OF FRA
MAURO.

The narrator says THEN ANOTHER
PROBLEM.
THE LANDING RADAR, WHICH WOULD
TELL THEM THEIR ALTITUDE ABOVE
THE LUNAR SURFACE.

A man through the radio says O 3 9, 0,
3, 9.

A man through the radio says ANTARES,
HOUSTON WOULD LIKE YOU TO CYCLE
THE LANDING RADAR BREAKER.

A man through the radio says BEGINNING
TO CYCLE.

A man through the radio says OKAY THEY
WOULD LIKE TO ACCEPT THE RADAR.

A man through the radio says [unclear]
GREAT, GREAT.

A man through the radio says OKAY, AND
MONITOR DESCENT AND FUEL.
STARTING THE CAMERA?

A man through the radio says TEN
SECONDS TO GO.
OKAY, YOU GOING TO TAKE IT OVER?
[Applause and cheering]

A man through the radio says THAT'S
BEAUTIFUL. [unclear]

A man through the radio says ANTARES,
HOUSTON, YOU ARE GO FOR LANDING.

The narrator says CONE CRATER, A
MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THIS MISSION
TO FRA MAURO.
A HOLE BLASTED IN THE MOON'S
SURFACE EONS AGO, THAT COULD
PROVIDE A SCIENTIFIC CLUE TO THE
HISTORY OF THE MOON, THE EARTH
AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

A man through the radio says RIGHT ON
SCHEDULE, NORTH.
PULLING BACK ON THE TRIGGER
[unclear]

A man says WE THINK THAT THE FRA
MAURO AREA WAS FORMED FROM
MATERIAL THROWN OUT BY THE
IMPACT THAT CREATED THE IMBRIAN
BASIN TO THE NORTH.
IF THIS IS THE CASE, WE COULD
GET SAMPLES TORN OUT FROM AS
DEEP AS 60 MILES IN THE LUNAR
CRUST.
ALL IN ALL, THE FRA MAURO
MATERIAL SHOULD CONTAIN A GREAT
DEAL OF NOW INFORMATION ABOUT
THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE MOON,
AND THUS HELP US TO BETTER
UNDERSTAND THE BETTER FORMATION
OF OUR OWN EARTH.

A man through the radio says 300 AND
HOLD.
OKAY...
OKAY I'M [unclear]
THAT LOOK GOOD?

A man says FULL METAL HERE.... LOOKS GREAT.
OKAY, RIGHT OVER THERE, FUEL
LOOKS GREAT
YOU'RE DOWN TO SEVEN FEET NOW.
[unclear] TRACK WILL BE GOOD.
[unclear]
JUST SOUTH NOW, YOU'RE ON YOUR
OWN.

A man through the radio says TRACK IS
DOWN, TRACK IS GOOD.

A man through the radio says OKAY NOW,
LOOKING GOOD.

A man through the radio says 15
SECONDS.
40 FEET, 3 FEET PER SECOND.
30, 3 FEET PER SECOND, LOOKING
GREAT.
2O FEET, AND 3 FEET PER SECOND,
CONTACT NOW, AND STOP.
WE ARE IN POSITION.
[Cheering]

A man through the radio says OKAY, WE
MADE IT [unclear]

A man through the radio says ROGER,
ANTARES.

The narrator says FIVE AND A HALF
HOURS LATER, SHEPARD LEFT THE
LUNAR MODULE TO BEGIN THE FIRST
OF TWO EXPLORATIONS.

Alan Shepard says COMING DOWN THE
LADDER.

A man through the radio says ROGER.

The astronauts walk on the moon.

The narrator says TEN YEARS LATER,
114 HOURS 22 MINUTES AFTER
LEAVING EARTH, ALAN SHEPARD
STEPPED ONTO THE MOON.

A man through the radio says LOOKS LIKE
YOU'RE ABOUT ON THE BOTTOM STEP.

Alan Shepard says AND ON THE
SURFACE.
NOT BAD FOR AN OLD MAN.

A man through the radio says HEY,
YOU'RE RIGHT.
ALAN SHEPARD, IT'S BEEN A LONG
WAY, BUT WE'RE HERE.

The narrator says FOUR MINUTES LATER,
HE WAS JOINED BY ED MITCHELL.

Edgar Mitchell says [unclear]

The narrator says FOLLOWING THE
TRADITION OF TWO PREVIOUS
MISSIONS, SHEPARD AND MITCHELL
PLANTED THE FLAG IN THE LUNAR
SOIL.

A man through the radio says HOW'S
THAT, LOOK OKAY?

A man through the radio says YEAH,
THAT'S A GOOD SIGHT.

The narrator says THE NEXT JOB WAS TO
LOAD THE MET, A RICKSHA LIKE
WAGON THE ASTRONAUTS WOULD USE
TO TRANSPORT THEIR TOOLS OF
EXPLORATION, AND COLLECTED
SAMPLES.

A man says ONE OF THE BIG FACTORS
IN LUNAR EXPLORATION IS
MOBILITY.
IN APOLLO 14, WE HAD THE MET,
THAT LET US MOVE FURTHER AFIELD
THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO MISSIONS.
IN FUTURE MISSIONS, WE WILL USE
THE LUNAR ROVER, A SORT OF MOON-
GOING DUNE BUGGY.
THIS MOBILITY WILL MEAN LESS
TIME SPENT IN GETTING FROM HERE
TO THERE, AND MORE TIME
COLLECTING SCIENTIFIC DATA.

A man through the radio says OKAY, I'M
GOING TO STOP HERE THIS THING
GETS HEAVY VERY QUICKLY.

The narrator says SHEPARD PULLED THE
MET, WHILE MITCHELL CARRIED THE
BARBELL SHAPED PACKAGE
CONTAINING AN AUTOMATIC
SCIENTIFIC STATION THEY WOULD
ASSEMBLE.
A STATION DESIGNED TO CONTINUE
BROADCASTING DATA TO EARTH FOR A
YEAR AFTER MEN DEPARTED FRA
MAURO.

A man through the radio says OKAY, IT'S
IN THERE.
PROCEEDING OVER [unclear]... BACK AND FORTH.
MAN, THAT'S A DEEP HOLE.
RIGHT NOW I'M IN A DEPRESSION,
DEEP, VERY DEEP DEPRESSION
COMPARED TO WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE.

A man through the radio says ROGER,
YOU'RE VISIBLE FROM OH, ABOUT
THE ARMPITS UP RIGHT NOW.

A man through the radio says NOTHING
LIKE BEING UP TO YOUR ARMPITS...

The narrator says FINDING A SUITABLE
SITE TO PLACE THE SCIENTIFIC
INSTRUMENTS, WAS THE NEXT ORDER
OF BUSINESS.
SHEPARD AND MITCHELL NOW BEGAN
SETTING UP THE AUTOMATED
SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY.
A SMALL NUCLEAR GENERATOR TO
POWER THE ARRAY, THE CENTRAL
STATION TO TRANSMIT DATA TO
EARTH.
A SEISMOMETER TO DETECT AND
MEASURE ACTIVITY ON AND WITHIN
THE MOON.
A SERIES OF THREE EXPERIMENTS TO
MEASURE CHARGED PARTICLES NEAR
THE LUNAR SURFACE.
AN INDEPENDENT EXPERIMENT TO
REFLECT LASER BEAMS FROM EARTH,
ENABLING EXTREMELY PRECISE
MEASUREMENTS OF SUCH THINGS AS
EARTH TO MOON DISTANCE, THE
WOBBLE OF THE EARTH'S AXIS,
CONTINENTAL DRIFT, AND SHIFTS OF
THE EARTH'S CRUST... AND A
MORTAR TO BE FIRED BY A SIGNAL
FROM EARTH SOME TIME WITHIN THE
NEXT YEAR.
THE IMPACT OF ITS CHARGES WOULD
BE PICKED UP BY APOLLO 14'S
SEISMOMETER.
AS A FINAL EXERCISE, MITCHELL
USED THE THUMPER A DEVICE TO
EXPLODE A SERIES OF CONTROLLED
SHOTGUN LIKE CHARGES.
THE VIBRATIONS FROM THESE
DETONATIONS WERE PICKED UP
SERIES OF INSTRUMENTS HE HAD
PREVIOUSLY DEPLOYED.
WITH THE INSTRUMENTS SET UP AND
OPERATING, THEY HEADED BACK TO
ANTARES, PAUSING ON THE WAY TO
COLLECT SAMPLES.
THEY LOADED THEIR 44 POUNDS OF
LUNAR MATERIAL ABOARD THE LUNAR
MODULE, AND AFTER FOUR HOURS
AND 50 MINUTES ON THE SURFACE,
CLIMBED BACK INTO ANTARES.
AS SHEPARD AND MITCHELL RESTED,
STUART ROOSA CONTINUED HIS WORK
FROM LUNAR ORBIT.
(music plays)
HIS PHOTOGRAPHS WOULD HAVE
MEANING NOT ONLY TO THE
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY, BUT WOULD
HAVE DIRECT BEARING ON THE
PLANNING FOR COMING MISSIONS.

A man through the radio says COME BACK
TO 20 D AGAIN.

A man through the radio says YES, IT'S
A BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE IN FRA
MAURO BASE.

The narrator says 12 HOURS, 40
MINUTES LATER, SHEPARD AND
MITCHELL BEGAN THEIR SECOND
EXPLORATION PERIOD.
(music plays)

The narrator says AFTER LOADING THE
LUNAR RICKSHA, MITCHELL BEGAN
THE JOURNEY TO CONE CRATER.
SHEPARD ADJUSTED THE TELEVISION
CAMERA, THEN HURRIED TO JOIN HIS
PARTNER.
(music plays)

A man through the radio says OKAY,
HOUSTON, WE'RE HEADING JUST
ABOUT TO THE [unclear]
OKAY, POINT A, ALAN, IT'S THAT
POINT IN THE VALLEY, BEYOND
HERE.
OKAY, THIS IS GOING TO BE PRETTY
GOOD.

The narrator says POINT A, THE FIRST
STOP ON THE TRIP TO CONE.
HERE THEY WOULD COLLECT AND
DOCUMENT SAMPLES, MEASURE THE
LOCAL MAGNETIC FIELD, AND TAKE
CORE TUBE SAMPLES FROM BENEATH
THE SURFACE LAYER.

A man through the radio says THIS IS
THE PLACE FOR A, AND [unclear]
QUITE OFTEN LIKE RAINDROPS.
THERE ARE VERY FEW RAINDROPS AS
FAR AS THE SURFACE.

The narrator says AFTER A BRIEF STOP
AT A SECOND SURVEY SITE, THEY
BEGAN THEIR ASSAULT ON CONE
CRATER, A CLIMB NOT ONLY TOWARD
THE SUMMIT OF A LUNAR MOUNTAIN,
BUT BACK THROUGH TIME.

A man through the radio says WELL WE'VE
PULLED UP BESIDE THIS BIG
CRATER.
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK, GET THE MAP,
AND FIND OUT EXACTLY WHERE WE
ARE.

The narrator says THE MAPS THEY WERE
USING HAD BEEN MADE FROM
PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LUNAR ORBIT.
THE HUMMOCKS, CRATERS RIDGES,
AND BOULDERS TOOK ON A NEW
APPEARANCE WHEN SEEN FROM THE
SURFACE.

A man through the radio says THE LEM
LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOT A FLAT OVER
THERE, THE WAY IT'S LEANING.

A man through the radio says OKAY,
WE'RE ON THE CRATER CONE OVER
THERE.
AND UM, IT' OVER TWO HOURS NOW.
IT'S AT LEAST THREE TIMES AS
BIG.

A man through the radio says WE BETTER
TAKE A LOOK AND [unclear]

The narrator says NOW THEY WERE
WORKING AGAINST TIME, AGAINST
THE OXYGEN AND WATER LEFT IN
THEIR BACKPACKS, AGAINST THE
ALIEN TERRAIN.
TOP A RIDGE, THINKING IT'S THE
RIM OF THE CRATER, AND THERE'S
ANOTHER RIDGE AHEAD OF YOU.

A man through the radio says I DON'T
THINK WE'LL HAVE TIME TO GO UP
THERE.

A man through the radio says OH, WE'LL
GIVE IT A WHIRL.
GEE WHIZ, WE CAN'T STOP NOT
LOOKING AND CALL IT QUITS.

A man through the radio says OKAY,
[unclear] HOUSTON, AND KEEP OUR
EYE ON THE TIME.

A man through the radio says OKAY, AND
AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE A 30
MINUTE EXTENSION.

A man through the radio says OKAY,
[unclear] WE CAN'T REALLY SEE
THE CRATER YET.

The narrator says STANDING IN A
BOULDER FIELD, SURROUNDED BY
ROCKS 10 TO 12 FEET LONG, THE
ASTRONAUTS MADE THEIR MOST
DIFFICULT DECISION.
WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF MISSION
CONTROL, THEY STOPPED THEIR
CLIMB, LESS THAN 150 FEET FROM
THE EDGE, TO BEGIN THE MORE
IMPORTANT JOB OF COLLECTING
SAMPLES.

A man says THE CREW HAD NO WAY OF
REALISING THEY WERE SO CLOSE.
IT WAS A WEEK AFTER THE MISSION
BEFORE WE DETERMINED THIS BY
PHOTOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS.

The narrator says WHILE THEY COULD
OVERCOME THE TERRAIN, THEY COULD
NOT BEAT THE STEADY DRAIN OF
OXYGEN FROM THEIR BACKPACKS.
IN THE TERMS OF SCIENTIFIC
MEANING, THE DECISION NOT TO GO
ON TO THE RIM MEANT LITTLE.
IN HUMAN TERMS, A GREAT
DISAPPOINTMENT.

A man through the radio says LOADING
THE LEM NOW.
THEN WE'LL RETURN TO BASE.
(music plays)

The narrator says AFTER A QUICK SIDE
TRIP TO CHECK ON THE SCIENCE
STATION, THEY LOADED THE LUNAR
MODULE WITH SAMPLES AND DATA,
AND STEPPED OFF THE LUNAR
SURFACE.
THE SECOND EXPEDITION HAD LASTED
FOUR HOURS AND 35 MINUTES, A
TOTAL EXPLORATION OF A RECORD 9
AND A HALF HOURS... 33 AND A HALF HOURS AFTER
THEY LANDED, ALAN SHEPARD AND
EDGAR MITCHELL LIFTED OFF IN THE
SILENT VACUUM OF THE MOON.

A man through the radio says [unclear]
IN THE DARK... 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
[unclear]
LIFT OFF.

A man through the radio says ROGER
IGNITION.

A man through the radio says [unclear]
10 SECONDS.

A man through the radio says ROGER.

A man through the radio says OKAY, IT'S
GOING GOOD.
GOING UP GOOD, HOUSTON.

A man through the radio says ROGER,
YOU'RE LOOKING GOOD FROM DOWN
HERE, ALAN.

A man through the radio says BE UP ON 1
MINUTE.

The narrator says HALF AN HOUR LATER,
STUART ROOSA WATCHED THEIR
PROGRESS FROM KITTY HAWK.

A man through the radio says WHAT ARE
YOU DOING WAY OUT THERE, OH
FEARLESS ONE.

A man through the radio says I SEE
YOU'VE LOST A LITTLE WEIGHT
SINCE THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU.

A man through the radio says HOUSTON,
THE LEM IS COMING IN ABOUT 100
FEET AND CLOSING IN A LITTLE
MORE FOR THE VISUALS OF THE
SERVICE MODULE AND THE COMMAND
MODULE.

A man through the radio says OKAY,
YOU'RE CLEAR.

A man through the radio says OKAY, MAKE
IT SMOOTH.

A man through the radio says AND AROUND
WE GO.

A man through the radio says OH, YOU
LOOK GOOD.

A man through the radio says ....
240,000, COMING OVER THE TOP.

A man through the radio says THAT'S A
LONG WAY HOME.

A man through the radio says WOULD YOU
BELIEVE 360,000?

A man through the radio says YEAH.
KITTY HAWK, WE'RE SITTING AT 70
FEET, WATCHING IT GO AROUND, SHE
LOOKS VERY CLEAN.

The narrator says THE INSPECTION
COMPLETE, ANTARES AND KITTY HAWK
MOVE TOGETHER FOR DOCKING.

A man through the radio says APOLLO 14,
THIS IS HOUSTON.
YOU'RE GO FOR THE DOCKING.

A man through the radio says ROGER, WE
GOT YOU.
OKAY, WE GOT-- NOW WE GOT OUR
DOCK.

A man through the radio says A BIG SIGH
OF RELIEF BEING BREATHED AROUND
HERE.

The narrator says THEY TRANSFERRED
THE GEAR FROM ANTARES TO KITTY
HAWK, BUTTONED UP THE TUNNEL,
THEN JETTISONED THE LUNAR
MODULE.
IT WOULD CRASH INTO THE MOON AT
A PREDETERMINED SPOT, IT'S
IMPACT PICKED UP BY THEIR
SEISMOMETER AND THE SEISMOMETER
LEFT BY APOLLO 12 OVER A YEAR
EARLIER.
149 HOURS AFTER THEY LEFT EARTH,
THEY PERFORMED THE BURN THAT
BROKE THEM OUT OF LUNAR ORBIT.
DURING THE COAST TO EARTH, THERE
WOULD BE TIME TO CATCH UP ON
SLEEP, RELAX, AND DO ALL THE
LITTLE THINGS LEFT UNDONE.
AND THERE WAS ONE MORE ITEM, A
SERIES OF SCIENTIFIC
DEMONSTRATIONS IN ZERO GRAVITY,
DEMONSTRATIONS IMPOSSIBLE TO
REPRODUCE ON EARTH.
ON FEBRUARY 9, 1971, NINE DAYS
AFTER THEY LEFT EARTH, THE CREW
OF APOLLO 14 HIT THE ATMOSPHERE
OF THEIR PLANET AT A SPEED OF
OVER 24,000 MILES PER HOUR.
THEY HURTLED TOWARD EARTH, A
METEOR HEADING HOME.
ON BOARD, 95 POUNDS OF THE MOON.
(music plays)

A man says IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
AS IT RELATES TO THE QUESTION OF
WHY WE'RE FOOLING AROUND WITH
THE MOON, AND IT'S REALLY THAT
THE IMPRINT OF HISTORY, OF SOLAR
SYSTEM HISTORY ON THE EARTH MOON
SYSTEM, IS CENTRED ON THE MOON
FOR THE FIRST BILLION YEARS.
(music plays)

The men land in the water.

A man says WHAT WE HOPE TO GAIN IS,
WE'VE GOT A WINDOW RIGHT NOW
BETWEEN T EQUALS ZERO, THE
BEGINNING OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM,
AND WHEN THE EARTH SO TOTALLY
MESSED UP ITSELF THAT WE CAN'T
LOOK AT IT ANY MORE.
WE'D LIKE TO LOOK IN THERE, AND
THAT WINDOW IS ON THE MOON.
(music plays)

The astronaut walk off of the plane and greet everyone as they come home.

A man says APOLLO 14 HAS ALREADY
HAD A VERY BIG SCIENTIFIC
IMPACT, AND WE STILL HAVE THREE
MISSIONS LEFT.
THEY'LL BE HEADING INTO EVEN
MORE RUGGED AND MORE INTERESTING
AREAS OF THE MOON, BEGINNING
WITH APOLLO 15, THE LUNAR ROVER
WILL LET US RANGE FURTHER
AFIELD, AND COLLECT MORE AND
MORE VARIED SCIENTIFIC SAMPLES
AND INFORMATION.
THE STUDY OF THE MOON, AND HOW,
FOR INSTANCE, ELEMENTS AND
MINERALS ARE DISTRIBUTED IN ITS
CRUST, WILL ENABLE US TO LEARN
MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF CRUST
FORMATION ON EARTH, LEADING TO A
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY
THAT CERTAIN ELEMENTS
CONCENTRATE IN THE CRUST.
WILL WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH MISSIONS
TO THE MOON BY THE END OF THE
APOLLO PROGRAM?
PROBABLY NOT.
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH
KNOWLEDGE, BUT AT LEAST IT'S AN
EXCELLENT BEGINNING.
(music plays)

An end credit reads "Writer slash producer, Don Wiseman.

Editor, Brian D. Beasley.

Narrator, John Flynn.

Produced by AV Corporation, Houston, Texas.

A black slide appears with a caption that reads "Next time, the apollo years."

A man through the radio says OH, LOOK
AT THE MOUNTAINS TODAY, JIM, AND
THEY'RE ALL SO LIT.
ISN'T THAT BEAUTIFUL?
IT IS, MY GOLLY, THAT'S JUST
SUPER.
IT'S YOU KNOW, UNREAL.
I'M REMINDED OF A FAVOURITE
BIBLICAL PASSAGE FROM PSALMS, "I
LOOK UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE
COMETH MY HELP."
OF COURSE WE GET QUITE A BIT
FROM HOUSTON, TOO.
[Playing theme music]

The caption changes to "apollo 15."

The end credits roll.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Murray Battle.

Editor, Michael Morningstar.

In collaboration with NASA, CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY and YORK UNIVERSITY.

A Production of TV Ontario. 1998.

An astronaut says WE LEAVE AS WE CAME AND, GOD
WILLING, AS WE SHALL RETURN,
WITH
PEACE AND HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO 17.

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