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Apollo XVI


Exploring The

IMAGE: The Apollo 16 Mission

IMAGE: Apollo 16 Crew


Mission Apollo XVI
Crew John Young
Thomas Mattingly
Charles Duke, Jr.
Lift Off Saturn V
April 16, 1972
12:54 p.m. EST
KSC, Florida
Complex 39-A
April 20, 1972
9:23 p.m. EST
Plain of Descartes
Lift Off
April 23, 1972
8:25 p.m. EST
April 27, 1972
2:45 p.m. EST
Pacific Ocean
Duration 11 days, 1 hour,
51 minutes



The Apollo 16 space vehicle was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 16, 1972. The crew consisted of Captain John W. Young, commander; Lt. Commander Thomas K. Mattingly II, Command Module pilot; and Lt. Colonel Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot.

A number of experiments were deployed and two impressive landmarks, Stone Mountain and the North Ray crater, visited. Samples taken from the rim of North Ray crater later proved to be bedrock thrown up from the meteorite impact that had created it. Three moon walks with lunar surface activities totaling 20 hours and 17 minutes were accomplished by Young and Duke. The crew remained on the lunar surface for a total of about 71 hours. After lunar liftoff, the Lunar Module rendezvoused with the Command Module and Mattingly.

When the crew returned to orbit, tensions rose as it was discovered that a faulty engine on Casper, the Command Module, had to fire. The module was taken around the far side of the Moon where the burn would take place as Mission Control waited for news.

The burn had the desired effect as the astronauts re-established radio contact, and entry and landing proceeded as normal.


Apollo 16 Launch and Mission Live TV 1972


Charlie Duke: The Flight surgeons told me that my heartbeat during launch was over 140 beats per minute, while John Young's never got above 70
John Young: I was too old to get mine to beat any faster!

[From the movie "In the Shadow of the Moon"]


"Hey, John! You must have left the LM door open! The cat got out again!"




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