In this episode, we explore the Apollo 16 mission, the penultimate moon mission under the Apollo program. The crew of Apollo 16 included John Young as the mission commander, Ken Mattingly as the command module pilot, and Charlie Duke as the lunar module pilot. The mission focused on scientific exploration and the collection of lunar samples. However, the crew faced challenges such as leaks in the spacecraft and issues with the control systems. Despite these challenges, the astronauts conducted geological experiments and collected rocks, but mostly found breccia rocks instead of the desired volcanic samples. The mission also included the deployment of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP). The crew also had some humorous moments, such as Duke's accidental microphone incident and Young's complaints about the orange juice. The mission ended successfully with the crew returning to Earth and the lunar module crashing into the moon. Join us as we delve into the details of this fascinating mission and the experiences of the crew.
Original Show Notes
In April 1972, the crew of Apollo 16 spent 71 hours on the surface of the moon after a series of technical glitches put their landing in jeopardy. The second of three J-missions, the crew spent nearly three whole days on the surface and completed an EVA on the way home, returning one day earlier than initially planned.