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Plum crater. The moon satellite

Plum crater. The moon satellite

The Apollo 16 ship spent three days on the Moon in April 1972, being the fifth of six moon landing missions. Apollo 16 was famous for installing and using an ultraviolet telescope in what was the first lunar observatory, and for collecting rocks and data on the mysterious highlands of the Moon.

In this photo, astronaut John W. Young photographs Charles M. Duke, Jr. collecting rock samples at the Descartes landing site. Duke is near the Plum crater, while the lunar scout vehicle waits parked in the background.

The lunar scout vehicle allowed astronauts to travel great distances to investigate surface features and collect rocks. Meanwhile, above, Thomas K. Mattingly orbits in the Command Module.

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