Astronaut John W. Young, Commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, leaps from the lunar surface as he salutes the United States flag, next to Lunar Module Orion.
Image: NASA.

In 1972 on this date, Apollo 16’s lunar module Orion touched down on the Moon, placing astronauts Charles Duke and John Young in the moon’s Descartes region, only about 230 meters northwest of the planned target area. Thomas K. Mattingly II remained in lunar orbit aboard their command module Casper.