The moment of splashdown as Apollo 16 returns to Earth, April 27, 1972. (NASA)

In 1972 on this date, Apollo 16, carrying astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke Jr., safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

For a PDF version of the official press kit for Apollo 16, visit NASA’s page here. You may also visit NASA’s extensive Apollo Lunar Surface Journal here.