Apollo 16 was the tenth crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, the fifth and second-to-last to land on the Moon, and the second to land in the lunar highlands, crewed by Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly. The mission was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:54 PM EST on April 16, 1972, and lasted 11 days, 1 hour, and 51 minutes, concluding at 2:45 p.m. EST on April 27. Read more to see lunar rover footage that has been upscaled using AI.
John Young and Charles Duke spent approximately 71 hours, or just under three days, on the lunar surface, where they conducted three extra-vehicular activities or moonwalks, totaling 20 hours and 14 minutes. The duo drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the second produced and used on the Moon, for 16.6-miles. On the surface, they collected 211-pounds of lunar samples for return to Earth, while Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly orbited in the command and service module (CSM) above to perform observations.
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Ken Mattingly stayed with the command module and spent 126 hours and 64 revolutions in lunar orbit. Once Young and Duke rejoined Mattingly in lunar orbit, the crew released a sub-satellite from the service module (SM). Mattingly did get to have some fun though, as he performed a one-hour spacewalk to retrieve several film cassettes from the exterior of the service module.