Three primary objectives of the Apollo 16 mission were (1) to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features at a selected landing site in the Descartes region; (2) emplace and activate surface experiments; and (3) conduct in-flight experiments and photographic tasks from lunar orbit. Additional objectives included performance of experiments requiring zero gravity and engineering evaluation of spacecraft and equipment.
John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr., Thomas K. Mattingly II
April 16, 1972
April 27, 1972
Apollo 16: Mission Details
Mission Objective Three primary objectives were (1) to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features at a selected landing…
In September 1962, John W. Young was selected as an astronaut. He is the first person to fly in space six times from earth, and seven times counting his lunar liftoff. Young has logged more than 15,275 hours flying time in props, jets, helicopters, rocket jets, more than 9,200 hours in T-38s, and six space flights of 835 hours.
October 1971 portrait photograph of Astronaut John W. Young.
Charles M. Duke Jr.
Lunar Module Pilot
When notified of his selection as an astronaut, Duke was at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School as an instructor teaching control systems and flying in the F-101, F-104, and T-33 aircraft. Duke was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 10 flight, the CAPCOM for Apollo 11, and backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13 before his first and only flight to space for Apollo 16.
Ken Mattingly was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the support crews for the Apollo 8 and 11 missions and was the astronaut representative in development and testing of the Apollo spacesuit and backpack (EMU). He was designated Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 13 flight but was removed from flight status 72 hours prior to the scheduled launch due to exposure to the German measles.