Apollo 16: Fastest Vehicle on the Moon

Passenger group

John W. Young: 4 astronauts, commander
Thomas Ken (Ken) Mattingly Jr: 1 space travel, control vehicle driver
Charles Duke Jr.: 1 space travel spacecraft  pilot

Optional crew
Fred Haise: Commander, Apollo 13 and Special Enterprise experiences
Stuart Roosa: control vehicle driver, Apollo 14 experience
Edgar Mitchell: Chandrayan Driver, Apollo 14 Experience

Campaign stats
Projected mass: 2,921,005 kg
Mass of the vehicle: 46,782 kg
Mass of Chandrayaan: 16,444 kg
Control vehicle mass: 30,354 kg

Orbiting the Earth: 3 before the moon, 1 after
Moon revolutions: 64

Discontinuation of Chandrayaan’s main control vehicle: 20 April 1972 at 18:07:31
Re-joining Chandrayaan’s main control vehicle: 24 April 1972 at 03:35:18

Vehicle outdoor activities
Aircraft Outside Activity 1: Young and Duke
Start: 21 April 1972 at 16:47:28
End: April 21 at 23:58:40
Time: 7 hours, 11 minutes and 2 seconds

Aircraft Outside Activity 2: Young and Duke
Start: 22 April 1972 at 16:33:35
Last: 22 April at 23:56:44
Time: 7 hours, 23 minutes and 9 seconds

 

Outside Activity 3: Young and Duke
Start: 23 April 1972 at 15:25:28
Last: 23 April at 21:05:03
Time: 5 hours, 40 minutes and 3 seconds

Vehicle Exterior Activity 4: Mattingly at Earth’s Return
Start: 25 April 1972 at 20:33:46
Last: 25 April at 21:57:28
Time: 1 hour, 23 minutes and 42 seconds

The vehicle landed on Earth near Christmas Island and was picked up by the USS Ticonderoga ship.

The campaign
It was a J expedition and a lunar vehicle was also taken in it. A total of 94.7 kg samples were collected by this expedition and brought to Earth.
In this expedition, the film cassette was taken out of the Camaro after coming out of the vehicle like Apollo 15 on its return to Earth. In the lunar orbit, the spacecraft had left a satellite in the orbit of the moon, which made 425 revolutions of the moon for 34 days. The mass of this satellite was 36.3 kg. This expedition also took many pictures of the earth through the path of the moon.

An engine of the main control vehicle had a problem when the moon (oryen) had separated from the main control vehicle (Casper) before landing on the moon. There were signs of canceling the descent on the moon. But it was found that the danger is not very big and Spacecraft separated from the main vehicle, so Chandrayan was asked to land on the moon. But the campaign was reduced from four days to one day to three days.

Young and Duke spend three days on the moon and observe the Descartes plateau while Mattingly continues to experiment with the moon’s orbit. One place on the moon, known by the travelers as a volcano, is actually a rocky area made of Ulka Agato. He brought a big rock (11.7 kg) from this place which was later named ‘Big Mule’.

During this expedition, he drove Vehicle on the moon at a speed of 18 km / h, which is a record.

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