Apollo 16 – Exploring the Highlands of the Moon


The prime crew members of the Apollo 16 lunar mission. They are, left to right, Thomas K. Mattingly II, John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. NASA

Speaker: Jerry Stone

Date: 18 April 2012
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: BIS HQ, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1SZ

In April 1972, the penultimate Apollo landing took John Young and Charles Duke to the mountains of the Moon. Whilst Ken Mattingly mapped the ground from orbit, the surface crew used the Lunar Roving Vehicle to travel over 16 miles in the highlands of the Descartes region.

Once again, those of us back on Earth could follow the activities on the lunar surface, via the TV camera on the rover, but the mission was not without its problems; at one point it wasn’t definite that the landing would actually take place, and then there was the orange juice …

Join us for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16, as Jerry Stone re-lives the mission with images, video and stories. Watch the journey to Stone Mountain and the lunar Grand Prix.


Jerry Stone is a freelance presenter on astronomy and space exploration, and has given talks on space for over 40 years. He is an expert on Apollo and is the author of One Small Step. He runs Spaceflight UK and presents space workshops for schools all over the UK.

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