Apollo 16 astronauts, now in training for the penultimate moon shot in the present series, will spend 73 hours on the moon -- six longer than the Apollo 15 crew earlier this year.
Apollo 16 astronauts, now in training for the penultimate moon shot in the present series, will spend 73 hours on the moon -- six longer than the Apollo 15 crew earlier this year. Blast-off is scheduled for 18.03 hours Greenwich Mean Time on Friday, March 17 next year. On board will be John Young, the mission commander; Charles Duke, the Lunar Module pilot; and Thomas Mattingly, the Command Module Pilot. Young and Duke will explore a site expected to yield some important information about the moon's composition, while Mattingly pilots the Command Module in moon orbit. This film, shot in California last week, shows young and Duke in training with a reserve crew -- Fred Haise and Ed Mitchell.
SYNOPSIS: California....and field training for America's Apollo 16 moon-shot crew and a reserve team.
Lunar Module pilot Charles Duke.....
....and mission commander John Young. They will spend 73 hours on the surface of the moon next March while Command Module pilot Thomas Mattingly stays in lunar orbit. A lunar rover, similar to that used by the Apollo 15 crew earlier this year, will ferry them around the landing site at Descartes, (PRONOUNCED 'DAY-DART') where they expect to find important information on the moon's geological composition.
Young and Duke are to make three surface explorations of seven hours, each, using the lunar rover. They will spend six hours longer on the moon than the Apollo 15 astronauts did.
Following their return to the orbiting Command Module, the astronauts will spend a further three days in orbit mapping the lunar surface with long-range instruments. Splashdown will be in the Pacific Ocean, twelve days after blast-off.
Apollo 16 will be the penultimate moon-shot in the present series. On the last mission -- Apollo 17, in December next year -- a geologist will accompany astronauts for the first time.