Category: apollo 16

April 21, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut John Young at the rim of the Plum Crater on the Moon.

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April 21, 1972: Apollo 16 astronaut John Young at the rim of the Plum Crater on the Moon.

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3-D SPACEMAN – Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke on the Moon, April 21, 1972, in a red-blue anaglyph composed from two photos by John Young.

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3-D SPACEMAN – Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke on the Moon, April 21, 1972, in a red-blue anaglyph composed from two photos by John Young.

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April 21, 1972 – Astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke go on the first EVA of the Apollo 16 mission.

April 21, 1972 – Astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke go on the first EVA of the Apollo 16 mission.

April 16, 1972 – Our lovely Earth, photographed from the Apollo 16 spacecraft as it journeyed toward the Moon. (NASA)

ON THIS DAY: On April 16, 1972, the Apollo 16 mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral, heading out on a journey to the Moon. Astronauts John Young, Charlie Duke, and Ken Mattingly went on the penultimate adventure of the Apollo program with a mission that lasted 11 days, 1 hour, and 51 minutes, ending at 2:45 PM EST on April 27.

Scenes from Apollo 16 mission to the Moon, April 1971: Pre-landing pics of earthrise, with the command module visible just above the lunar horizon to the left of Earth.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young on the Moon, painted by Alan Bean, 1984. (The artist knew a thing or two about this subject.)