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Published on Dec 4, 2008
Apollo 15 was the first of the three "J" missions designed to conduct exploration of the Moon over longer periods, over greater ranges, and with more instruments for scientific data acquisition than on previous Apollo missions.
Major modifications and augmentations to the basic Apollo hardware were made. The most significant change was the installation of a scientific instrument module in one of the service module bays for scientific investigations from lunar orbit. Other hardware changes consisted of lunar module modifications to accommodate a greater payload and a longer stay on the lunar surface, and the provision of a lunar roving vehicle.
The landing site chosen for the mission was an area near the foot of the Montes Apenniuns and adjacent to Hadley Rille,