This picture shows the Apollo 16 Lunar Module 'Orion', and the Lunar Rover on the Moon, with astronaut John Young in the background. Apollo 16, carrying astronauts John Young - Commander, Thomas Mattingly - Command and Service Module pilot and Charles Duke - Lunar Module pilot, lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 16th April 1972. It was the fifth succesful Apollo lunar landing mision and astronauts Young and Duke became the ninth and tenth men to walk on the Moon. The Lunar Rover, first used on the Apollo 15 mision, was a battery powered vehicle which considerably increased the distance that astronauts could cover while exploring the lunar surface, with speeds of 18 kilometres per hour reached on Apollo 16.
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