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April 16, 2012 - Rover Rides Again

16 Apr 2012, 04:00 UTC
April 16, 2012 - Rover Rides Again
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The Week in Space April 16-22, 2012 Rover Rides Again Apollo 16, the fifth mission to land astronauts on the Moon, and the second to feature a lunar rover, was launched forty years ago this week. After a four-day journey, astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke landed the lunar module Orion on the Moon, while crewmate Ken Mattingly remained in lunar orbit in the command module Casper. During their seventy-one hours on the Moon, Young and Duke spent over twenty hours outside Orion, and traveled about twenty-seven kilometers (seventeen miles) in the lunar rover. Duke is seen here at Station no. 4, near Stone Mountain, during the second Apollo 16 extravehicular activity at the Descartes landing site. The gnomon, a photographic reference tool to establish local vertical Sun angle, scale, and lunar color, is visible in the foreground.Image Credit: NASA Weekly CalendarApril 16-22, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 16Neptune 6° south of MoonVenus 10° north of Aldebaran 1946: First captured V2 rocket launched from White Sands, NM1965: First test-firing of Saturn V rocket first stage (S-IC)1972: Apollo 16 launched Tuesday 171967: Surveyor 3 launched1969: First X-24A lifting body glide test1970: Apollo 13 crew returns to Earth1998: STS-90 ...

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