During a telecast from the moon-bound Apollo 15 space-craft to Mission Control on Tuesday (27 July) the astronauts made reference to a mysterious accident which had caused a glass panel, covering an altitude meter, to break.
MV INT Spacecraft showing instrument panels with crew member in foreground pointing to panel.
CV Checkout in progress...note-pad in use.
CV Hand picking up debris.
CV Scott (OVERLAID SCENES OF CABIN AND PANEL METER) SOF BEGINS: "One little problem..." SOF ENDS: "...without the owner."
GV INT Mission Control
TRANSCRIPT: SCOTT (SEQ. 4): "One little problem we have to discuss with you before we go on...it seems that somewhere along the way the outer pane of glass of the tape meter has been shattered. I don't know whether you can get a picture of it on the TV or not...we'll get Al to try and zero in. About seventy percent of the glass is gone. The inner pane of glass seems to be OK. There's no apparent damage to the tape meter itself. It should have gone 520 in 482. I don't know whether you can see it or not but I can trace the area which is missing, with my finger here, and looks like the pieces we've found...I've found one piece almost an inch in size and tried to pick it up with a tape.....I guess we'll get the vacuum cleaner later on to get it all up. So far that's the only obvious discrepancy we've found.
MISSION CONTROL: Roger...reading you loud and clear.
SCOTT OK VHF... A and B both checked out with "Endeavour" loud and clear....and since we don't have anything other than a sequence camera to check out we're going to check that out and then power down and take care of the rest of the housekeeping here without the power."
Initials VS/22.56 VS/22.45
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Background: During a telecast from the moon-bound Apollo 15 space-craft to Mission Control on Tuesday (27 July) the astronauts made reference to a mysterious accident which had caused a glass panel, covering an altitude meter, to break. The spacecraft camera was trained on the instrument panel and on hands recovering glass debris. The accident is not expected to affect the mission.
This coverage of the transmission received from space by Mission Control at Houston in Texas, was supplied by NBC.