Apollo 15 Lunar Module "Falcon" seen before ascent stage liftoff
The Apollo 15 Lunar Module "Falcon" is seen only seconds before ascent stage liftoff in this black and white reproduction taken from a color transmission made by the RCA color television camera mounted on the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The LRV was parked about 300 feet east of the Lunar Module (LM). The LM liftoff was at 171:37 ground elapsed time. The LM descent stage is used as a launching platform and remains behind on the Moon (41511); The flame from the Apollo 15 LM ascent stage engine creates a kaleidoscope effect during lunar liftoff. In this view, the two stages are beginning to separate (41512); The LM descent stage rests alone on the Moon shortly after the ascent stage liftoff from the lunar surface. The lunar soil dust cloud stirred up by the ascent stage engine thrust has already settled (41513).
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