16 Facts About Apollo 16


Apollo 16 was the tenth crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, administered by NASA, and the fifth and penultimate to land on the Moon.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,190

Apollo 16 thereafter flew in Gemini 10 with Michael Collins and as command module pilot of Apollo 10 .

FactSnippet No. 1,006,191

Apollo 16 was a member of the support crew for Apollo 8 and Apollo 9.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,192

Duke, a Group 5 astronaut and a space rookie, had served on the support crew of Apollo 16 10 and was a capsule communicator for Apollo 16 11.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,193

Insignia of Apollo 16 is dominated by a rendering of an American eagle and a red, white and blue shield, representing the people of the United States, over a gray background representing the lunar surface.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,194

Apollo 16 was the second of Apollo's J missions, featuring the use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, increased scientific capability, and three-day lunar surface stays.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,195

Apollo 16 14 had visited and sampled a ridge of material ejected by the impact that created the Mare Imbrium impact basin.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,196

Likewise, Apollo 16 15 had sampled material in the region of Imbrium, visiting the basin's edge.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,197

The fact that they had been backups for Apollo 16 13, planned to be a landing mission, meant that they could spend about 40 percent of their time training for their surface operations.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,198

Launch vehicle which took Apollo 16 to the Moon was a Saturn V, designated as AS-511.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,199

Apollo 16 14 had carried an ASE, though its mortars were never set off for fear of affecting other experiments.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,200

Apollo 16 Particles and Fields Subsatellite was a small satellite released into lunar orbit from the service module.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,201

Apollo 16 would spend one less day in lunar orbit after surface exploration had been completed to afford the crew ample margins in the event of further problems.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,202

Apollo 16 alerted Mission Control to the problem before setting up the television camera, after which Duke erected the United States flag.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,203

Apollo 16's work was hampered by various malfunctions: when the Panoramic Camera was turned on, it appeared to take so much power from one of the CSM's electrical systems, that it initiated the spacecraft Master Alarm.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,204

Apollo 16 took two medals, leaving one on the Moon and donating the other to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

FactSnippet No. 1,006,205