Blue Dot: Apollo @50: The flight of Apollo 16 to the lunar highlands
Blue Dot's signature Apollo@50 series continues with the fifth lunar landing mission, Apollo 16. In April of 1972, the crew of Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, and Command Module Pilot Thomas "Ken" Mattingly set out for the most ambitious science mission to date to explore the mysteries of the Descartes Highlands.
Host Dave Schlom talks to Apollo Flight Director and longtime friend Gerry Griffin about the launch of a Saturn V, visits with Charlie Duke (one of the four living Apollo Moonwalkers) and his pilot son Tom where we get the inside story about the measles, Apollo 13 and how Ken Mattingly wound up on the crew for the penultimate flight to the Moon.
Plus, space historian Andy Chaikin joins Dave to talk about the crew, especially John Young, who was the only NASA astronaut to fly on Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle missions, including the maiden flight of the Columbia. You'll also hear about Charlie Duke's amazing country music tapes that he took on the voyage!