16 space vehicle was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April
16, 1972. The crew consisted of Captain John W. Young, commander;
Lt. Commander Thomas K. Mattingly II, Command Module pilot; and
Lt. Colonel Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot.
of experiments were deployed and two impressive landmarks, Stone
Mountain and the North Ray crater, visited. Samples taken from
the rim of North Ray crater later proved to be bedrock thrown
up from the meteorite impact that had created it. Three moon walks
surface activities totaling 20 hours and 17 minutes were accomplished
by Young and Duke. The crew remained on the lunar surface for
a total of about 71 hours. After lunar liftoff, the Lunar Module
rendezvoused with the Command Module and Mattingly.
crew returned to orbit, tensions rose as it was discovered that
a faulty engine on Casper, the Command Module, had to fire. The
module was taken around the far side of the Moon where the burn
would take place as Mission Control waited for news.
had the desired effect as the astronauts re-established radio
contact, and entry and landing proceeded as normal.