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Apollo 16: NASA's 5th Moon Landing with Astronauts in Pictures

Hydrogen Halo


The UV camera produced this ultra-violet photograph of the geocorona — a halo of low density hydrogen around Earth — on April 21, 1972. The effect is brighter on the left side because the sun is shining from that direction. Astronaut John W. Young operated the camera which was designed and build by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Lunar Liftoff


This image of the Lunar Module known as "Orion" during liftoff from the moon was taken from film beamed back to Earth from the RCA TV mounted on the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Astronauts John W. Young, commander; and Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot, maneuvered the Lunar Module from the lunar surface back to the Command and Service Modules known as "Casper" where astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly II command module pilot, waited in Lunar Orbit.

A Little Handiwork


While on their way back to Earth from the moon, astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly II, command module pilot, inspected the Service Module, retrieving film from the Mapping and Panoramic Cameras in the process. Astronaut Charles M. Duke, Jr., lunar module pilot, assisted Mattingly during the extravehicular activity. Mattingly donned astronaut John W. Young's, commander, helmet to protect his eyes from the sun in this image taken from motion picture film captured by the 16mm Maurer camera.

Breathtaking Perspective


With a backdrop consisting of the inky blackness of space contrasted against the moon's Sea of Fertility, the Apollo 16 Lunar Module approaches the waiting Command and Service Modules. The aft side of the Lunar Module is visible while the craft is in a yam maneuver.

Below on the lunar suface, Messier and Messier A at the right center are easily identifiable.

Parachuting Home


On April 27, 1972, astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke Jr., return safely to Earth in the Apollo o16 Command Module. The craft is near splashdown in the central Pacific Ocean.

Exiting the Module


In the waters of the central Pacific Ocean the Apollo 16 Command Module floats during recovery operations by the prime recovery ship, USS Ticonderoga which is visible in the background. Overhead, a recovery helicopter hovers, waiting to raise astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke Jr., the Apollo 16 crew, to safety. In the water a team of Earth Landing System swimmers assisted the astronauts.

Examining the Goods


At the Manned Spacecraft Center's Lunar Receiving Laboratory in an secluded section geologists Don Morrison (left) and Fred Horz (right) and University of Texas geologist/professor William (Bill) Muehlberger inspect a special rock from the Apollo 16 mission. Lunar sample 61016, known as "Big Muley," is the largest moon rock from any Apollo mission and is named after Muehlberger, the field geology team leader for the Apollo 16 mission.

Moon Rock Treasure


From the rim of North Ray Crater, a black and white breccia with several types of rock noted as inclusions. The light, feldspar-rich, fine grained matrix is fragile.

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