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Apollo 16 Crew Outlines Mission for KSC TeamKSC Spaceport News - April 6, 1972Apollo 16 prime crew members-Astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly and Charles M. Duke, Jr.- outlined their April lunar exploration mission to members of the KSC team in a memorandum distributed recently to Civil Service and prime contractor personnel.
The informal note, signed by the three crewmen, describes the Descartes landing site, lunar traverses using the lunar rover, lunar orbit science experiments using the service module's scientific module and the subsatellite to be left in lunar orbit.
"As with all our missions to date, " wrote the crew, "it is more complicated than the last and, therefore, requires even more diligence on your part to assure the launch readiness of the vehicle, spacecraft and support systems.
" . . . The crew is very much aware of your vital contributions to the success of this mission. The KSC team has a great success record demonstrating outstanding excellence of performance and we are appreciative of the dedication and pride of workmanship that is a tradition with the launch team.
"Attached is our mission emblem which we hope you will display with pride as a very important member of a team essential to the success of Apollo 16."
Dale Pope, Coordinator for the Manned Space Flight Awareness Program, noted that a mission profile booklet outlining the mission and its objectives has also been placed in distribution for KSC personnel.
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