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Commander Dave Scott's Masursky Lecture from LPSC 2014

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

04-04-2014 15:21 CDT

Topics: NASA lunar missions before 2005, history, podcasts and videos, human spaceflight, astronaut, the Moon

The National Institute of Aerospace just posted a video of Apollo astronaut David Scott's lecture to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Every year at LPSC, there is a "Masursky lecture," named in honor of Hal Masursky, one of the founders of modern planetary science, and one of the scientists who trained the Apollo astronauts to do field geology on the Moon. I'd never heard Scott speak before and found his lecture to be an absolute treat: funny, educational, engaging, full of joy at his adventure, though at the end, a little angry that we've not send more humans back. It's well worth 45 minutes of your time.

Apollo 15 Commander David Scott at the ALSEP station, EVA 2


Apollo 15 Commander David Scott at the ALSEP station, EVA 2
Taken during the second Apollo 15 Extravehicular Activity, on August 1, 1971. Scott is working at the site of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP).
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Gregory Lyzenga: 04/04/2014 10:55 CDT

I enjoyed this video immensely! Like one of the questioners near the end, when I was growing up, Dave Scott was (is!) one of my heroes and one of the influences inspiring me to a career and lifelong interest in science. What a joy to see this elder statesman of the space age speak with all the eloquence, insight and enthusiasm he had in 1971! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Dennys Angove: 04/05/2014 10:55 CDT

A much appreciated event; thank you.

Richard Myers: 04/06/2014 09:40 CDT

This was a wonderful presentation for me -- someone who has only had the time to explore space topics since retirement. I knew we went to the moon but had no idea of what was done by Apollo 15 and the j-type missions. Thank You NASA/Apollo 15/Planetary Society/Emily/Dave Scott/Masursky/LPSC et al. Back to the Moon makes since now. Content like this is why I'll continue to contribute to the Planetary Society. Any similar lay person, curated Apollo J-type or other space history video presentations to recommend Planetary Society?

TimR: 04/07/2014 02:00 CDT

Astronaut Scott, Great talk. Synergy is indeed critical to getting NASA on a track back to the Moon or Mars. You and the other Apollo Astronauts could pull together to put HEOMD on the right track. While the Lunar astronauts could not foresee that >50 years will pass before America returns to the Moon, they should be able to recognize that SLS and Orion, their expendable designs, protracted development and cost to maintain now stands in contrast to what American commercial enterprise will have ready ahead of them. The emergence of Commercial human spaceflight and heavy lift vehicles offers an alternative and the American public will not allow NASA to pay 3 or 4 times the cost that commercial flights will offer. If you and other Apollo astronauts can work synergistically, you could leave a final legacy by helping put HEOMD on the right track. With the funds freed up from building and maintaining SLS and Orion, debate and decisions could turn to deciding on where to go next. If done cooperatively with international partners, we do not need to choose between the Moon and Mars. However, I would agree that colonization of Mars is not the purpose of having NASA or ESA or JAXA. Leave this to private enterprise. Exploratory human missions to Mars are still possible before 2040; a cautious statement my generation must make because of present development paths in HEOMD.

upal bhanja: 04/10/2014 03:58 CDT

its a amazing also...mindblowing.....

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