LTA-8 is suspended on four cables attached to the landing gear outriggers. These are the same points used to attach the LM to the Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter (SLA). LTA-8 began simulations in a thermal vacuum chamber that would mimic the extreme temperatures and lack of atmosphere experienced during space flight. Astronaut Jim Irwin (Apollo 15) and Grumann test pilots Gerald Gibbons, Glennon Kingsley, and Air Force Major Joseph Gagliano were selected to do simulations in the module. These tests were designed to test the spacecraft under simulated mission conditions and for simulated mission durations. The craft had been in a space environment for over 161 consecutive hours and was crewed for 48 hours and 25 minutes.
- Lunar Module
- Test Article
- Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas