Young · Mattingly · Duke

Young · Mattingly · Duke (HM1BLM)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35805 Madison County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 42.664', W 86° 39.339'

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Launched: April 16, 1972 · Landed: April 20, 1972 · Splashdown: April 27, 1972

— "Look at the size of that rock!" —

Lunar module pilot, Charlie Duke, exclaimed.

The Apollo 16 astronauts may have qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records for pushing their lunar rover to eleven miles per hour - but that was not their most serious accomplishment. As the first Apollo mission to focus on the geology of the lunar highlands area, Duke and Commander John Young spent parts of three days collecting hundreds of samples of rock and soil, plus an important core sample from more than seven feet below the Moon's surface. Evidence from these materials showed that rocks in the area were not formed by volcanic activity, as had been presumed, but by meteorites smashing into the surface. The discovery was one of the scientific highlights of the entire Apollo program and sent lunar geology research in a new direction The Apollo 16 command module Casper is on display at USSRC's Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 531532 N 3841056
Decimal Degrees34.71106667, -86.65565000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.664', W 86° 39.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 39.84" N, 86° 39' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, US
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