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  April 16-27, 1972: Remembering Apollo 16

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-16-2012 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today (April 16, 2012) is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 16.
Apollo 16 was the fifth mission to land men on the moon and return them to Earth. It was also the second flight of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

Apollo 16 landed in a highlands area, a region not yet explored on the moon. Commander John Young and lunar module pilot Charles Duke collected samples, took photographs and conducted experiments that included the first use of an ultraviolet camera/spectrograph on the Moon.

ASE
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posted 04-16-2012 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASE   Click Here to Email ASE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats to John, TK and Charlie on the 40th anniversary of their launch to the moon! If you'd like to send a message to the crew, we'll make sure they see it!

mach3valkyrie
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posted 04-16-2012 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This mission had the most network TV coverage during the flight since Apollo 11. The crew was even featured on the cover of a TV Guide magazine in April of 1972.

I watched on TV as much as possible, including launch and the moon landing and two of the three EVAs. It was great!

Happy 40th Anniversary!

Norman.King
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posted 04-17-2012 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was the first lunar mission I properly remember. I was captivated then but what mankind had done....and I still am.

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posted 04-17-2012 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASE   Click Here to Email ASE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all of the good words for Apollo 16; the crew very much appreciated your thoughts – Charlie left a comment in response.

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posted 04-17-2012 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was overcast in the midwest the weekend that Apollo 16 launched. I was disappointed because during that same weekend the moon was passing only half a degree from Venus and I wanted to get some pictures of the event. Since it was still cloudy, I stayed home and watched the Sunday launch instead.

After TLI the Apollo 16 crew broadcast some TV back to earth, including a shot of North America from the command module. I saw that the cloud mass over the midwest had a sharp western boundry behind which was clear weather and that it was approaching the eastern parts of Illinois and Wisconsin.

So I threw my gear into the car and made the hour plus trip to the observatory in Racine, Wisconsin. I arrived just as the skies cleared and got some nice pictures before the pair of celestial objects set in the west. One of the pictures I took that night got published in the July 1972 issue of Sky and Telescope.

I know damn well that this would have never occurred if the crew of Apollo 16 had not made that TV broadcast.

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