April 21, 1972 – In the first EVA of the Apollo 16 mission, moonwalker John Young works with a sample bag, set atop his chest-mounted camera. Photo by fellow spaceman Charlie Duke. (NASA)
On April 21, 1972, astronaut John Young salutes the camera as he jumps up from the lunar surface, striking a memorable pose for Charlie Duke’s camera. The moment was recreated by Apollo 12 moonwalker-turned-painted Alan Bean in 1984.
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.
HAVE A NICE DAY – Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke reviews the flight checklist during suit-up for launch, 16 April 1972. (NASA)
ON THIS DAY: A vintage NASA press photo gives an amazing view of Apollo 16 launching from coastal Cape Canaveral on April 16, 1972.
On this day in 1972, the Apollo 16 mission launched from from Cape Canaveral, heading out on NASA’s next-to-last journey to the Moon.
Neil Armstrong makes a giant leap for mankind, July 20, 1969. Illustrated by Pierre Mion.
Robert McCall illustrates the harrowing journey of Apollo 13, which began on this day in 1970.
Earth’s crest over the lunar horizon, photographed during the Apollo 15 mission, 1971.