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apollo 16 launches to the moon

welcome to "on this day ... in space!" where we peer back in our archives to find historic moments in spaceflight and astronomy. so enjoy a blast from the past with space.com's hanneke weitering to look back at what happened on this day in space! on april 16, 1972, apollo 16 launched to the moon! apollo 16 was nasa's fifth lunar landing and the penultimate mission of the entire apollo program.  three nasa astronauts were on board: john young, the commander, ken mattingly, the command module pilot, and charlie duke, the lunar module pilot. they lifted off from kennedy space center on a saturn v rocket and spent three days cruising to the moon. [apollo 16: nasa's 5th moon landing with astronauts in pictures] apollo 16 as seen from the lc-39 press site, seconds after liftoff at 12:54 p.m. (est) on april 16, 1972. spectators sweltered in 88-degree-fahrenheit temperatures, with 44 percent humidity— the hottest of any apollo launch. credit: tom usciak after orbiting the moon for about a day, young and duke took the lunar module down to the surface while ken mattingly stayed behind in the command module. they landed in the lunar highlands to look for volcanic rocks, but they didn't find any. they collected plenty of other moon rocks, though, and they brought more than 200 pounds back to earth. catch up on our entire "on this day in space" series on youtube with the playlist here.email hanneke weitering at [email protected] or follow her @ha...