NASA releases photos of Apollo moon mission training on Big IslandUPDATED 8:20 PM HST May 29, 2014Video Transcript
Astronauts who were part of the Apollo moon mission training right here in Hawaii over 40 years ago. KITV four's Pete Caggiano has a look at the historic pics-- all new at 6. 15:46-16:00 Rob Kelso PISCES Executive Dir rob Current pic phoner,rover pic 5, "WHAT WE WANTED TO DO IS CAPTURE SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY HISTORIC THAT WAS DONE IN HAWAII WHERE HAWAII WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE TRAINING AND READINESS FOR PUTTING MAN ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON" Mission accomplished! Pacific International Space Center executive director Rob Kelso helped find and release never-before seen pics of early Apollo astronauts training right here on the big island... alan shepherd pic 10 Kelso is a former space shuttle flight director and says Hawaii's an ideal training ground. 22:47-23:02 Rob Kelso PISCES Executive Dir apollo valley pic 4, 1 "THE THING THAT SETS HAWAII APART FROM ALMOST EVERY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD IS THAT IT IS ALMOST AN EXACT REPLICA OF THE SURFACE WE SEE ON THE MOON AND ON MARS" pic 8, pic 6 geography Many of the Apollo astronauts that walked on the moon trained right here in Hawaii. It's our unique landscape that drew the astronauts here. 24.43-24:55 Rob Kelso PISCES Executive Dir pic 7, Maybe video file tape 4642 8:20-8:24 "IF YOU HAVE BEEN UP TO MAUNA KEA AND MAUNA LOA YOU KNOW THEIR AREN'T ANY PLANTS AND NO VEGETATION UP THERE AND IT'S RED LIKE THE RED SOIL OF MARS AND IT LOOKS YOUR IN A DIFFERENT WORLD" pic2, dome file 4642 Not only do these pictures peer into Hawaii's space history but give a glimpse at the future as well. Just last year scientists from the University of Hawaii and Cornell used Mauna Loa as a test site to mimic space conditions. 23:03-32.15 Rob Kelso PISCES Executive Dir file footage 4642, pic 9, pic 3 IT MAKES A GREAT PLACE FOR SCIENTISTS AND ASTRONAUTS TO COME AND DO GEOLOGIC FIELD TRAINING IN PREPARATION FOR NOT ONLY APOLLO MISSIONS BUT FOR FUTURE MISSIONS TO THE MOON AND MARS Hawaii firmly part of space history.....and space future. Pete Caggiano Kitv 4 News If you want to see the historic pics just head 2 C1 If you want to see the historic pics just head to our website KITV4.com. One cool side note to that... Hawaii also played a role in the END of those historic missions.. Watch this! 25:25 EACH TIME AFTER THE LANDING IN THE PACIFIC... THE ASTRONAUTS COME TO HAWAII BEFORE RETURNING TO HOUSTON 25:31 Hawaii's role in space exploration remains strong to this day. If you could meet anyone in the world- who would it be? How one mans new years resolution came true! PLUS-- a recap of today's top headlines when we come back.