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Thursday, April 20, 2017

45th Anniversary of Apollo 16 Moon Landing

On April 21st, 1972 during the 10 o'clock hour (Eastern Standard Time, USA), the Apollo 16 mission's lunar module landed on the moon's surface. Charles M. Duke Jr. and John W. Young — Americans and NASA astronauts — completed moonwalks and gathered moon-geologic samples with the help of a lunar roving vehicle, while Thomas K. Mattingly II orbited the moon in and conducted observations from a command-service module. This mission was the penultimate one for the Apollo program, with Apollo 17 being the last. The NASA photo (↗) below shows Mr. Young saluting the American flag next to the Apollo 16 mission's lunar module and moon-roving vehicle.

Apollo 16 mission commander John W. Young salutes the USA flag next to the lunar module and moon-roving vehicle.

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula