Plum Crater on the Moon, Apollo 16

Plum Crater on the Moon, Apollo 16

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Exploring the Moon: View across Crater Plum photographed during the first excursion of the Apollo 16 mission. On the far side of the 30 metre wide crater is the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Astronauts Duke and Young landed in the Descartes region of the Moon on 21 April 1972. During their 71 hour visit, they made three excursions on the surface totalling 20 hours 14 minutes, covering 26 kilometres in the LRV. After blasting off from the Moon, they rejoined astronaut Mattingly in the Command and Service Module, returning to Earth on 27 April 1972.

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Keywords: apollo 16, apollo program, apollo16, crater, exploration, lunar roving vehicle, manned spaceflight, moon, plum, plum crater, programme, space

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