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Space History Photo: Apollo 16 Launch

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The Saturn V space vehicle lifts off for the Moon on April 16, 1972.
(Image: © NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the Apollo 16 Saturn V space vehicle carrying astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke, Jr., lifted off to the Moon at 12:54 p.m. EST April 16, 1972, from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A.

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