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!” —
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Categories. • Air & Space • Exploration •
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