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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Young Mattingly Duke

Launched: April 16, 1972 Landed: April 20, 1972 Splashdown: April 27, 1972

 

“Look at the size of that rock!”

 
Young  Mattingly  Duke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. Young Mattingly Duke Marker
Apollo 16
Inscription. Lunar module pilot, Charlie Duke, exclaimed.

The Apollo 16 astronauts may have qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records for pushing their lunar rover to eleven miles per hour - but that was not their most serious accomplishment. As the first Apollo mission to focus on the geology of the lunar highlands area, Duke and Commander John Young spent parts of three days collecting hundreds of samples of rock and soil, plus an important core sample from more than seven feet below the Moon's surface. Evidence from these materials showed that rocks in the area were not formed by volcanic activity, as had been presumed, but by meteorites smashing into the surface. The discovery was one of the scientific highlights of the entire Apollo program and sent lunar geology research in a new direction The Apollo 16 command module Casper is on display at USSRC's Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
 
Location. 34° 42.664′ N, 86° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Brig. Gen. Charlie Duke Footprint & Signature image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Brig. Gen. Charlie Duke Footprint & Signature
LM Pilot, Apollo 16
within walking distance of this marker. Scott Worden Irwin (here, next to this marker); Cernan Evans Schmitt (here, next to this marker); Shepard Roosa Mitchell (here, next to this marker); Lovell Swigert Haise (here, next to this marker); Conrad Gordon Bean (here, next to this marker); Armstrong Collins Aldrin (a few steps from this marker); McDivitt Scott Schweickart / Stafford Young Cernan (a few steps from this marker); Schirra Eisele Cunningham / Borman Lovell Anders (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
 
Young  Mattingly  Duke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
3. Young Mattingly Duke Marker
Apollo 16 - Young  Mattingly  Duke image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
4. Apollo 16 - Young Mattingly Duke
Space Suit for Apollo 16 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
5. Space Suit for Apollo 16
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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