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1972: Apollo 16 (NASA)

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Published on Mar 8, 2009

Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo programme, the fifth mission to land on the Moon and the first to land in the highlands area. The mission was launched on 16 April 1972, and concluded on 27 April. It featured a Lunar Rover and it brought back 94.7 kg of lunar samples. It included three lunar EVA: 7.2 hours, 7.4 hours, 5.7 hours and one trans-earth EVA of 1.4.

En route to the moon, the Apollo 16 astronauts took several photos of Earth. One of which was with North America in the background, with much of the northern portion of the continent under extensive cloud cover.

Despite a malfunction in the Command Module which almost aborted the lunar landing, Apollo 16 landed successfully in the Descartes Highlands on 21 April.

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