From the Earth to the Moon

Galileo Was Right

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 5/3/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Scientists are eager for particular rock samples from the moon – meaning the astronauts have to get geology crash courses. In the Apollo 15 mission, the primary and backup crews find it all so boring, which doesn't do much for the teachers in response. Jake Schmitt goes to an old friend, Professor Lee Silver, who offers a different style of teaching. In the meantime, Alfred Worden gets further help from Doctor Farouk El-Baz. All of these lessons and field trips make an impression on the astronauts – helping to determine what will be brought along with them and where the landing site will be. Will the Apollo 15 crew be ready when the time comes, though?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chris Isaak

    Astronaut Edward White II

  • Dan Butler

    Flight Director Eugene Kranz

  • Timothy Daly

    Astronaut James Lovell

  • Paul McCrane

    Astronaut Pete Conrad

  • Bryan Cranston

    Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Dave Scott: Professor, I hope some day we can get you up here too. Lee Silver: That would be (emotional pause) and amazing adventure. But I feel as if I've already been there, thanks to you. Dave Scott: Oh, you were with us, Professor. Every step of the way.

    • Dave Scott: (looking at lunar surface sample #15415) Since I was five years old, all I ever wanted to be was a pilot. And flying to the moon seemed the ultimate adventure. Understand? Lee Silver: I think I do. Dave Scott: Nothing seemed more important. But finding this little fellow… Will probably be the most satisfying thing I'll ever do.

    • Farouk El-Baz: (to Al Worden) You're ready. You know the moon as well as you know your own planet. (proudly) You've become as crazy as me!

    • Joe: As the space poet Rhesling would say, "We're ready for you to come back again to the homes of men on the cool, green hills of Earth."

    • Dave Scott: In my left hand I have a feather, and in my right hand, a hammer. I guess one of the reasons we got here to day was because of a gentleman named Gallileo a long time ago, who made a rather significant discovery about falling objects and gravity fields ... I'll drop the two of them here, and hopefully, they'll hit the ground at the same time. (drops feather and hammer, which reach the ground simultaneously) How 'bout that? That proves that Mr. Galileo was correct in his findings.

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    Notes (1)

    • The Apollo 15 Lunar Module was called "Falcon" which is the US Air Force Academy's mascot, because both Scott and Irwin were Air Force officers.

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