CAPE KENNEDY - yesterday a leak was discovered in a fuel tank in the crew cabin of Apollo 16. The American Air and Space Agency, NASA, has announced that the rocket must be moved from the launch pad in order to place a new tank in the cabin. In the coming days it will be decided whether the trip to the moon with Apollo 16 will be postponed for the second time. Well informed sources tell us that a delay is likely. Apollo 16 was scheduled for launch on the 16th of April. Initially the launch date was set for the 17th of March but technical difficulties forced it to postpone.
18th March 1972, Lunar Lander is called "Orion", the Command Module "Casper".
HOUSTON - The astronauts of Apollo 16 have revealed the names for the Lunar Module and Command Module. The landing part is called "Orion" after the clear constellation in the night sky that can be seen by them during the entire voyage. They call the Command Module "Casper", after a friendly ghost from a cartoon. The astronauts of Apollo 16 are commander John Young, Thomas Mattingly and Charles Duke. They will depart on the 16th of April for a landing on the highlands on the moon called "Descartes".
25th April 1972, Last minute breakdown of Orion Apollo 16.
HOUSTON. Apollo 16 is on its way back to Earth. The spacecraft has left Lunar orbit. This happened at 10:14 pm (Dutch Time) last night when the main engine was fired. Apollo, with the astronauts Young, Duke and Mattingly, is now heading to Earth and if everything goes according to plan it will land in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.
San Diego, May 8. Even after the trip to the moon Apollo 16 continues to be haunted by bad luck. Yesterday there was an explosion aboard the spaceship, which has been moved to California. Some people have been injured and some have been poisoned by toxic gas. A total of 38 people were brought to the hospital for observation.