This week in 1972, Apollo 16’s John W. Young, mission commander, and Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot, began their three-day stay on the moon. Above, Young salutes the American flag with the lunar module and lunar roving vehicle in the background. The lunar roving vehicle — which was developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center — was used for collecting rocks and data on the lunar highlands. The NASA History Program documents and preserves NASA’s remarkable history through a variety of products — photos, press kits, press releases, mission transcripts and administrators’ speeches. For more pictures like this one and to connect to NASA’s history, visit the History Program’s Web page.
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