This Day In Astro History


 

April 20

1972 - Apollo 16 lands on the Moon.  One of six successful human Moon missions, John W. Young and Thomas K. Mattingly II touched down in the Descartes Highlands. This was the first study of highlands area, various cameras and experiments were deployed and the Lunar Rover Vehicle was used for second time. Lunar surface stay-time, 71 hours. 95.8 kg (213 lbs) of moon rocks were collected.

1961 - Harold Graham achieves the first free flight of Bell Aerosystems "Rocket Belt."  Graham flew successfully at 7 to 10-mph for 13 seconds over a distance of 112 feet.
John Young salutes stars and stripes
John Young salutes stars and stripes
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