James Benson "Jim" Irwin was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth human lunar landing. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a prominent born-again Christian. He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.
Apollo 15 was the 9th manned mission in the Apollo program and 4th to land on the moon. It was a successful mission although controversial as the astronauts carried unauthorized postage stamps which they planned to sell. Commander David Scott, Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin and Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden were on board. The Mission lasted 12 days 7 hours, which included 1 cislunar EVA and 4 lunar surface EVA's. This was also the first mission the lunar rover was used.Lunar Orbit
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.