Astro Photography By Wes Higgins

©2004 Wes Higgins


Apollo 16 Landing Site Imaged 08-03-07 , 18 Inch Reflector , Infinity 2-1M Camera

The Text Listed Below Is Provided By Personal Authorization From Christian Legrand Of VMA, Link To Virtual Moon Atlas

Launch on 16 April 1972 from Cape Kennedy / 17h 54 mn (TU). Vehicle 3.9m diameter. Command Module Casper (CM) 3.65 m high and 5.7 t. Service Module
(SM) 7.6 m long and 23.5 t. Lunar Module Orion (LM) 6 m high. 4.2 m wide and 16.4 t whom 12 t propellants.
John W. YOUNG (Commander) Charles M. DUKE (LM pilot) Thomas K. MATTINGLY (CSM pilot). Soft landing on April 21. 1971 on 2h 23mn 35s. First walk on
April 21 from 16h 47mn to 23h 58mn (6h 32mn long). First excursion with LRV on April 22 from 16h 33mn to 23h 56mn (7h 23mn long). Second excursion
with LRV on April 23 from 15h 25mn to 21h 05mn (5h 40mn long) until North Ray crater. Total distance 27 km.
Use of Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Four wheels with independant electrical engine. Stick driving. 94.7 kg collected rocks. Dig to 3 m deep. Apollo Lunar
Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) with radio transmitter. passive sismometer. active sismometer. magnetometer. Thermal flux measurement. Laser
reflector. Nuclear thermoelectrical generator SNAP-27 with plutonium 238. ALSEP end of transmissions on September 30. 1977.
Lift-off April 24 on 21h 56mn. Surface time : 2d 32h 2mn. Launch of a lunar sub-satellite on April 24 on 21h 56mn. Mattingly 1h 24mn spacewalk on April 25.
Splash down on April 27 on 19h 45 mn. Mission total duration : 11d 21h 51mn.

Longitude: 15.6 ° East
Latitude: 9.0° South
Quadrant: South-East
Area: Ptoleameus crater East area
Interest : Invisible formation
Observation period: First Quarter or Six days after Full moon
Minimal Instrument: Invisible