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News Archive / Tagged: Apollo 16

  • Our spaceflight heritage: A conversation with Fred Haise

    Scott JohnsonDecember 24th, 2021

    Spaceflight Insider spoke with Fred Haise after a ceremony commemorating the 2020 designation of the A-1 Test Stand after the Apollo 13 astronaut.

  • NASA’s ‘most experienced’ astronaut, Moonwalker, John Young passes away aged 87

    Jason RhianJanuary 6th, 2018

    John Watts Young was one of NASA's most experienced astronauts. He served as pilot for the first manned flight of a Gemini spacecraft, Gemini 3, as commander of the Gemini 10 mission, as Command Module Pilot on Apollo 10 and the Commander of Apollo 16. Young also served as Commander of STS-1, the daring first flight of the Shuttle Era as well as another shuttle mission, STS-9. However, Young was much more and his career was filled with accomplishments, something his colleagues reflected on upon hearing of his passing.

  • Martian crater provides reminder of Apollo 16 mission

    Jim SharkeyJune 20th, 2017

    During the 45th anniversary of Apollo 16's voyage to the Moon, NASA's Opportunity Mars rover drove by a relatively young crater on Mars' surface, providing a connection between the two missions. The feature was informally named "Orion Crater" by the Opportunity mission team, in honor of the Apollo 16 lunar module – Orion.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Descartes and the voyage of Apollo 16

    David DarlingApril 20th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The public often forgets that there were six successful crewed missions to send astronauts to the surface of the Moon in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Apollo 16 was the next-to-last mission and would see crews sent to the lunar highlands for the first time ever. 

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The saga of Apollo 16

    Collin SkocikApril 18th, 2015

    On April 16, 1972, a gigantic Saturn V rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, and boosted the Apollo 16 spacecraft onto the United States’ fifth Moon landing. It was the second “J” mission, carrying extra oxygen as well as battery power, a Scientific Instrument Module (SIM) for the Command and Service […]