IMAGE OF THE DAY 

BY NASA

PIC Credit:  NASA

Apollo 15 Catches Earth on the Horizon

PIC Credit:  NASA

This view of the crescent Earth over the Moon's horizon was taken during the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission.

PIC Credit:  NASA

Apollo 15 launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 26, 1971 via a Saturn V launch vehicle.

PIC Credit:  NASA

Aboard was a crew of three astronauts: David R. Scott, mission commander; James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot; and Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot.

PIC Credit:  NASA

The successful Apollo 15 lunar landing mission was the first in a series of three advanced missions planned for the Apollo program.

PIC Credit:  NASA

The primary scientific objectives were to observe the lunar surface, survey and sample material and surface features in a preselected area of the Hadley-Apennine region,

PIC Credit:  NASA

setup and activate surface experiments, and conduct in-flight experiments and photographic tasks from lunar orbit.

PIC Credit:  NASA

Apollo 15 televised the first lunar liftoff and recorded a walk in deep space by Worden. Both the Saturn V rocket and the LRV were developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

PIC Credit:  NASA