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Apollo 16 was the second of three Apollo missions utilising the added resources and capabilities to enhance the scientific return from the mission. Despite a number of in flight anomalies a full and rewarding programme of activities and achievements were completed. Astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke spent three days exploring the Descartes highlands whist Ken Mattingly completed an extensive scientific programme from lunar orbit. Following a largely uneventful trip out to the Moon the landing was delayed 5¾ hours due to an anomaly in the service propulsion system that required further evaluation. The delay was caused by a glitch in the backup system which had to be restoring to ensure redundancy. Tests revealed the system was still safe and therefore the landing went ahead.
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