Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Apollo 16 right on target as 11-day mission ends 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: Apollo 16 on Apr. 27, 1972 (at 25:10)

(Thursday, April 27, 1972, 2:45 p.m. EST) — Three U.S. astroanuts splashed down with unparalleled accuracy in the Pacific today, concluding the 11-day flight of Apollo 16 in gentle blue seas about 1,520 miles south of Honolulu. Commander John W. Young and his rookie spacemen, Charles M. Duke Jr. and Thomas K. “Ken” Mattingly, pronounced themselves in “outstanding” condition.