Transcript: Apollo 16: "Nothing So Hidden..." | Jun 06, 1999

A man through the radio says WE'LL STANDBY HERE FOR THE
FIRST WORDS FROM THE CREW AND
THE MOON REPORT.

Another man says HOUSTON, THE 16 HAS ARRIVED.
[Rocket launching]
(music plays)

An opening slate reads "The Apollo Years."

A male announcer says ... APOLLO CONTROL AT 52
HOURS, 56 MINUTES, CAPCOM PAUL
WEISS IS GETTING READY TO PUT IN
A CALL TO THE CREW NOW.
(Playing "Reveille")

The title fades and another appears that reads "Apollo 16."

Another male announcer says APOLLO 12 ALL PRESENT AND
ACCOUNTED FOR, SIR.
(Rocket roaring)
(music plays)

A huge white rocket sits on a launch pad and begins the camera travels up the
full length of the impressive rocket. Clouds of smoke and flame rise as the
support gear is moved to one side. A period clip shows the rocket, conspicuously marked "U.S.A." rising on a pillar of fire and slowly gathering momentum. Observation post and Control Room scientists watch the launch and follow the rocket with binoculars.

A male announcer says WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
IN THIS DECADE AND DO THE OTHER
THINGS, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE
EASY, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.
Once in dark blue space, an onboard camera shows the separation of the launch section. The Earth appears at a distance. A clip shows the widely publicized shots of the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon and the Lander being launched.

Mission control says WELCOME TO THE MOON.

A man says THANK YOU.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says 10 percent FUEL.
(Astronauts speaking)

Mission control says 30 SECONDS.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says HOUSTON, TRANQUILLITY BASE
HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.
(music plays)
The shots show Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, the footprints on the dusty surface.

Next to the footprint, the title reads "The Apollo Years."

Now Marc Garneau appears on screen standing in a space museum. Marc is in his forties, has short, dark gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue polo shirt, and khaki pants.

Marc says HI, I'M MARC GARNEAU
AND THIS IS "THE APOLLO YEARS."
WHEN JOHN YOUNG SET FOOT ON THE
MOON ON APRIL 21ST, 1972, HE
BOLDLY ADDRESSED THE LUNAR
LANDSCAPE BEFORE HIM.
THERE YOU ARE OUR MYSTERIOUS
AND UNKNOWN DESCARTES HIGHLAND
PLAINS.
APOLLO 16 IS GOING TO CHANGE
YOUR IMAGE AND IT DID.
THREE COMPLETE DAYS ON THE MOON
ACCOUNTED FOR SOME MAJOR
EXPLORATION, A LOT OF ROCKS, 97
KILOGRAMS WORTH, AND A MAJOR
DISCOVERY.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF
SPACE DEBRIS NOT VULCANISM, WAS
RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE
DESCARTES HIGHLANDS.
APOLLO 16 HAD BEEN STANDING ON
THE BATTERED REMNANTS OF THE
MOON'S ORIGINAL CRUST.
BUT THAT'S NOT WHY YOUNG JUMPED
FOR JOY WHEN HE SALUTED THE
AMERICAN FLAG.
HE WAS JUST HAPPY TO BE THERE.
AND ALONG WITH CREWMATE,
CHARLIE DUKE, YOUNG SET A
COUPLE OF NEW FIRSTS IN THE
LUNAR ROVER.
A SPEED RECORD OF 22 KILOMETRES
PER HOUR, AND A DISTANCE RECORD
OF 36 KILOMETRES.
ON THE TRIP BACK TO EARTH,
YOUNG REMARKED, I THINK WE'VE
SEEN AS MUCH IN TEN DAYS AS
SOME DO IN TEN LIFETIMES.
FROM THE NASA FILM VAULTS,
"APOLLO 16, NOTHING SO HIDDEN."
[Birds chirping]

A sunrise over the ocean appears on screen.

The narrator says APRIL 16TH, 1972.
APOLLO 16, MAN'S FIFTH LUNAR
LANDING, SAT SILENTLY ON THE
PAD AWAITING ITS MISSION.
INSIDE THE ASTRONAUT QUARTERS
ITS RELAXED CREW ATE SUNDAY
BREAKFAST.
[Talking background]

The narrator says JOHN YOUNG, THE
VETERAN OF THREE PREVIOUS SPACE
FLIGHTS WAS COMMANDER.
[Talking background]

The narrator says KEN MATTINGLY,
COMMAND MODULAR PILOT WOULD
CONDUCT ORBITAL EXPERIMENTS
AROUND THE MOON, WHILE CHARLES
DUKE EXPLORED THE LUNAR SURFACE
WITH YOUNG.
APRIL 22ND, YOUNG AND DUKE
WOULD FIND THEMSELVES STRAPPED
INTO A SMALL, ELECTRIC CAR
CALLED THE ROVER, BOUNCING
ACROSS THE LUNAR PLATEAU KNOWN
AS DESCARTES.

John Young says WELL THE OLD
WATER BAGS ARE WORKING
SMOOTHLY.
THIS IS GONNA BE A GREAT DAY,
CHARLIE.
(music plays)
YOW-WHOO!
MAN, THAT WAS GREAT!

WE'RE DOING IT ON A DAY
QUICK...
COVER ME.
WE DID IT IN THE LAND ROVER.
(music plays)

The narrator says AS YOUNG AND DUKE
RODE THE BUCKING, ROVER TO THE
LUNAR FORMATION CALLED STONE
MOUNTAIN, NASA GEOLOGIST, FARUK
L. BAZ, WROTE ON A BLACKBOARD
ON EARTH, THERE IS NOTHING SO
FAR REMOVED FROM US TO BE
BEYOND OUR REACH OR SO HIDDEN
THAT WE CANNOT DISCOVER IT.
RENE DESCARTES.
[Talking background]

The narrator says AS JOHN YOUNG
WOULD LATER REMARK APOLLO 16
WOULD CERTAINLY HELP PROVE THAT
RENE DESCARTES WAS RIGHT.
[Talking background]

John Young says IT LOOKS LIKE A -û THAT'S
BEEN ON...
[Talking background]

The narrator says YET LESS THAN TWO
DAYS BEFORE IT LOOKED AS THOUGH
THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.
IT WAS IN YOUNG'S WORDS, A
REAL, CLIFFHANGER.
THE MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT
CENTRE TEAM WAS WORKING ON A
LAUNCH VEHICLE GYROSCOPE
PROBLEM THAT THREATENED TO
SCRUB THE MISSION.
LESS THAN AN HOUR BEFORE LIFT
OFF THEIR ADVISORY TO THE
KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE LAUNCH
TEAM WAS, GO.
[Rocket launching]
[Rocket launching]

The narrator says THE LIFTOFF HAD
BEEN PERFECT....
TANK...

The narrator says DURING THE THREE
DAY, FLIGHT TO LUNAR ORBIT THE
PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED HAD BEEN
MORE ANNOYANCES THAN CRITICAL,
SUCH AS PAINT FLAKING OFF THE
LUNAR MODULE.
ALL IN ALL, IT HAD BEEN A QUIET
FLIGHT.
[Beep]

The narrator says APRIL 19TH.
THE BURN INTO LUNAR ORBIT WAS
RIGHT ON.

John Young says HELLO, HOUSTON, THE 16 HAS
ARRIVED.
[Static]
[Talking background]

The narrator says THE SUBSEQUENT,
MANEUVERS ALL WENT WITHOUT A
HITCH.
THEN THE NEXT DAY, APRIL 20TH,
YOUNG AND DUKE UNDOCKED THE
LUNAR MODULE, PREPARATORY TO
LANDING, LEAVING MATTINGLY IN
THE COMMAND MODULE.

Mission control says OKAY JIM, IT WAS A LITTLE û-
BUT WE GOT IT DONE.
AH, ROGER û- FREE.
[Dialogue unintelligble]
ONE...
[Dialogue unintelligble]
STANDBY... JIM...
OKAY WE'RE -

The narrator says THE NEXT MANEUVER
WAS FOR MATTINGLY TO BURN THE
MAIN ENGINE OF HIS SPACECRAFT,
TO PUT IT INTO A CIRCULAR
ORBIT.
[Talking background]

The narrator says BUT AS THE LUNAR
MODULE EMERGED FROM BEHIND THE
MOON...

The astronaut says NO, CIRC.
COPY, NO, CIRC.
[Talking background]
NO, CIRC.
NO, CIRC.
OKAY, GUYS.

The narrator says NO CIRC.
IN PREPARING FOR THE
CIRCULARIZATION BURN, MATTINGLY
HAD FOUND APPARENT UNCONTROLLED
OSCILLATIONS IN THE MAIN
ENGINE'S BACKUP CONTROL SYSTEM.
FOLLOWING MISSION RULES, HE DID
NOT MAKE THE BURN.

The flight director says HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT'S
GONNA TAKE TILL WE GET AROUND
TO IT, AGAIN?

Another mission control member says I WOULD GUESS WITH A COUPLE
OF STRAIGHT ENDS...

The narrator says WITH THE BACKUP
SYSTEM HAVING TROUBLE, ONLY THE
PRIMARY SYSTEM WAS KNOWN TO BE
USEABLE ON THE ENGINE NEEDED TO
GET THE ASTRONAUTS OUT OF LUNAR
ORBIT AND BACK TO EARTH.
HOWEVER, THE LUNAR MODULE
ENGINES COULD BE USED IF THE
TWO SPACECRAFT WERE DOCKED.
THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROBLEM
SOLVING TECHNIQUE STABILIZED
THE SITUATION IN THE SAFEST
MANNER.
GET THE TWO SPACECRAFT, WHICH
HAD SEPARATED CLOSE ENOUGH
TOGETHER TO DOCK IF NECESSARY.
[Talking background]

The narrator says AT THAT MOMENT,
THE CHANCES FOR A LANDING
LOOKED PRETTY SLIM.
BUT YOU LOOK AT A PROBLEM STEP
BY STEP.
STEP ONE UNDERWAY, YOU LOOK AT
STEP TWO, ANALYZE THE PROBLEM
AS COMPLETELY AS POSSIBLE
WITHIN THE TIME FRAME.
AND IN LUNAR ORBIT, MATTINGLY
FLEW THE COMMAND MODULE TO A
RENDEZVOUS, AS YOUNG TALKED HIM
IN.

John Young says OKAY...
OKAY.

The narrator says THE TEAM WAS
COMING UP TO SPEED.
NOT ONLY AT THE MANNED
SPACECRAFT CENTRE, BUT FROM
M.I.T. IN MASSACHUSETTS, TO
NORTH AMERICA AND SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA, ISOLATE THE
TROUBLE, SIMULATE IT, EVALUATE
IT.

A mission control member says YOU CAN'T USE IT IF YOU'VE
GOT A BROKEN WIRE.
YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S GONNA
COME BACK AGAIN.
[Static]

The astronaut says NOW I......
NEEDLES.
OKAY, I'LL...

A mission control member says I JUST DON'T MUCH SEE HOW HE
CAN MAKE IT ON THIS NEXT TRIP.
I THINK YOU GUYS OUGHT TO
CONTINUE TO WORK.

A mission control member says YOU'D SAY ONLY DO IT IF HE
HAD A FAILURE ON THE PRIMARY?
WELL, HOW WOULD YOU EVER GET
THE DAMNED THING TRIMMED THEN?

A mission control member says WELL, I WOULDN'T, I
WOULDN'T.
IF I HAD A FAILURE ON THE
PRIMARY I'D SHUT IT DOWN.
[Static]...
ON THE RIGHT...

A mission control member says YEAH, YOU'RE GONNA GET HERE.
YEAH, I WANT YOU GUYS TO DO
A SIMULATOR.
THIS IS...

The narrator says ISOLATE, SIMULATE,
EVALUATE.
THE RESULTS WERE COMING IN.
IT WAS BEGINNING TO PAY OFF.
[Talking background]

The narrator says THE SIMULATOR
TESTS AND OTHER DATA WERE
SHOWING THAT WITH THE ENGINE
ON, THE OSCILLATIONS WOULD DO
NO HARM.
DESPITE THE EARLIER PESSIMISM,
IT WAS BEGINNING TO LOOK PRETTY
GOOD.

A mission control member says OKAY, WHEN YOU COME UP ON
A.O.S. ON THE NEXT REV, REV 15,
WE'LL GIVE YOU A GO OR A NO GO
FOR ANOTHER TRY.
[Talking background]

Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr says THIS IS SPACECRAFT CENTRE
DIRECTOR, DR. CHRISTOPHER C.
KRAFT JR.
I JUST CAME BACK INTO THE
CONTROL CENTRE AFTER HAVING
ATTENDED A MEETING BY
MANAGEMENT PEOPLE IN ONE OF THE
BACK ROOMS AND THE SITUATION IS
GO FOR LANDING.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says YOU DO HAVE A GO FOR ANOTHER
TRY HERE AT P.D.I. ON REV 16.
(music plays)

The narrator says ONCE MORE THEY
WOULD PASS BEHIND THE MOON, AND
ON THE NEXT REVOLUTION, JOHN
YOUNG AND CHARLIE DUKE WOULD
START THEIR SWIFT DESCENT TO
THE DESCARTES PLATEAU.
[Static]

The astronaut says... I FEEL THAT HUGE TUNNEL.
[Talking background]
TAKE OVER.

A mission control member says - LONG SIDE...
[Dialogue unintelligble]

The astronaut says... CHARLIE.

A mission control member says OKAY...
[Dialogue unintelligble]

The astronaut says... THREE, THREE...

A mission control member says RIGHT.

The astronaut says... ON THREE.
[Dialogue unintelligble]
OKAY.
IT LOOKS LIKE WE WON'T BE
ABLE TO MAKE IT, JOHNNY.
THERE'S... UP THERE.
[Beep]

A mission control member says RON, YOU GO FOR LANDING.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]...
MAN, HE'S GOING IN.
STANDBY FOR COUNTDOWN.
I'M GONNA LET HER DOWN TO...
LET HER ON DOWN.
OKAY...
[Dialogue unintelligble]
[Static]
[Static]

The astronaut says WHOA, GO ON IN!
OVER, WE'RE -û AND IN!
[Dialogue unintelligble]

The narrator says THE ORIGINAL PLAN
HAD CALLED FOR YOUNG AND DUKE
TO GET OUT AND EXPLORE SHORTLY
AFTER LANDING.
HOWEVER, THE NEAR ABORT HAD
LASTED SIX HOURS.
THE TIRED ASTRONAUTS WOULD
SLEEP.
[Static]

The narrator says APRIL 21, MISSION
COMMANDER, JOHN YOUNG STEPPED
ONTO THE DESCARTES FORMATION,
11 says58 A.M. EASTERN STANDARD
TIME.
[Static]

The astronaut says YEAH... ON THE DESCARTES,
OUT ON THE PLAINS.
APOLLO 16 IS GONNA SHAKE YOUR
HAND.

The narrator says AFTER UNLOADING
THE ROVER FROM ITS STORAGE BAY
IN THE LUNAR MODULE THEY
PLANTED THE FLAG.

The astronauts walks on the moon and set up the American flag and an astronaut says HEY GUYS, THIS IS PERFECT,
WITH A -û AND A ROLLER AND YOU
AND, AND A STONE MOUNTAIN, AND
THE OLD, FLAG.
COME ON OUT HERE AND GIVE ME A
SALUTE.
GIVE A BIG, SALUTE.
OUT ON THE GROUND, ON FOUR.
THERE WE GO.
GOOD.

The narrator says YOUNG SET UP AN
ULTRAVIOLET CAMERA TO PROVIDE
THE FIRST ASTRONOMICAL
OBSERVATIONS FROM THE MOON.
HE TOOK PICTURES OF THE EARTH'S
UPPER ATMOSPHERE AND
MAGNETOSPHERE AND THERE
INTERACTION WITH THE SOLAR
WIND.
HE ALSO PHOTOGRAPHED THE
INTERSTELLAR GAS PRESENT
THROUGHOUT SPACE, AND THE
ULTRAVIOLET HALOS THAT APPEAR
AROUND GALAXIES.
ASTRONOMERS HAVE LONG WANTED A
TELESCOPE ON THE MOON.
PERHAPS THIS EXPERIMENT WOULD
SHOW THE MOON AN IDEAL BASE FOR
FUTURE ASTRONOMICAL
OBSERVATIONS.

The astronaut says I'M NOT LEANING ON IT.
IT...

The narrator says DUKE DRILLED A
HOLE INTO WHICH A HEAT FLOW
PROBE WAS TO BE PLACED.
PART OF ONE OF THE EXPERIMENTS
ATTACHED TO THE STATION.
AS DUKE DRILLED, YOUNG SET UP
THE CENTRAL, STATION AND THE
REMAINDER OF THE EXPERIMENTS.
[Talking background]

The astronaut says I FEEL A TORQUE.

The narrator says THEN WHAT MANY
CONSIDERED THE BIGGEST
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE MISSION.

Young says CHARLIE, COME ON.
COME BACK HERE.

Charlie says WHAT HAPPENED?

Young says I DON'T KNOW.
IT...
OH-OH.

Charlie says WHAT IS IT?
IF THAT'S THE HEAT PROBE, PULL
IT OFF.

Young says OKAY, I'M SORRY.
I WENT OVER IT AND I DIDN'T
EVEN KNOW IT.
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says HE'S GOT TO TAKE ALL THOSE
WIRES, SEPARATE WIRES IN THERE
AND HAVE THEM ISOLATED FROM ONE
AND ANOTHER.
AND IF THAT DOESN'T OCCUR, WHAT
ARE THE CHANCES OF SHORTING OUT
THE CENTRAL LOCATION?
[All talking at once]

Another mission control member says WELL THAT'S ANOTHER ONE THAT
THEY'RE WORKING.
[Talking background]

The narrator says ON EARTH THEY
TRIED TO FIGURE A WAY TO FIX
THE HEAT FLOW.
[Talking background]

The astronaut says... GOOD TRAVEL...

The narrator says ON THE MOON, THE
ASTRONAUTS CONTINUED WITH THE
OTHER EXPERIMENTS.
YOUNG PLACED A SERIES OF
SENSORS IN THE SOIL.
THEN FIRED EXPLOSIVE CHARGES
MAPPING THE LUNAR SUB-SURFACE,
MUCH AS GEOLOGISTS ON EARTH USE
EXPLOSIVES TO SEARCH FOR OIL.

The astronaut says FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, FIRE.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]
[Talking background]

The narrator says THEY CONTINUED TO
SAMPLE THE AREA AND ACTIVATE
THE EXPERIMENTS.
THEN THEY RETURNED TO THE ROVER
AND PREPARED FOR THEIR FIRST
TRIP AWAY FROM THE LANDING SITE
IN SEARCH FOR GEOLOGICAL
SAMPLES.

The astronaut says AND HERE WE GO.

The narrator says THEIR FIRST
TRAVERSE WOULD TAKE THEM ABOUT
ONE KILOMETRE WEST OF THE
LANDING SITE.
THEY WOULD MAKE TWO STOPS.
TO COLLECT SAMPLES AND CONDUCT
EXPERIMENTS.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

The astronaut says BETTER COULD PICK A BETTER
SPOT.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
SIGHT.

The ride on the land rover.

The astronaut says WHAT'S THAT?
JUST STANDING THERE AND
AROUND THAT CRATER.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

The narrator says YOUNG USED A
PORTABLE INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE
THE LOCAL, MAGNETIC FIELD.
HE WOULD LATER RECORD THE MOST,
INTENSE MAGNETIC FIELD EVER
FOUND ON THE MOON, FAR HIGHER
THAN SCIENTISTS EVER SUSPECTED.

The astronaut says WHAT'S THAT, CHARLIE?
IT'S REALLY SOME CRATER.
[Beep]
AS YOU COME AROUND THERE,
THERE'S A ROCK IN THE NEAR
FIELD ON THIS RIM THAT HAS SOME
WHITE ON THE TOP OF IT.
WE'D LIKE YOU TO PICK IT UP AS
A GRAB SAMPLE.
[Beep]

The astronaut says THIS ONE RIGHT HERE?

A mission control member says THAT'S IT.
[Beeping]

The astronaut says THIS, THIS ONE RIGHT HERE?

A mission control member says THAT'S IT.
YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT THERE.
[Beep]
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

The astronaut says OKAY, WE COPY THAT.

The narrator says THERE WOULD BE ONE
MORE, STOP BEFORE THEY GOT BACK
TO THE LUNAR MODULE TO CLOSE
OUT THIS E.V.A.
WITH DUKE ACTING AS
PHOTOGRAPHER AND YOUNG AS
DRIVER, THEY PUT THE ROVER
THROUGH A FULL TEST.
(music plays)

They continue to drive the rover on the moon kicking up dust.

The astronaut says MAN, THESE ARE REALLY
MOUNTAINOUS.
ARE THEY ON THE GROUND AT
ALL...
[Beep]
OVER.
YEAH, HE GOT ABOUT... WHEELS
ON THE GROUND.
OKAY, TURN THE CHARGE.
[Dialogue unintelligble]
[Both laugh]
OKAY, THIS IS...
HEY, THAT'S GREAT.
HE'S A û- AND THEY ARE ON ALL
FOUR WHEELS, AND AS HE'S
TURNING HE'S SKIING THE BACK
END TO BREAK LOOSE JUST LIKE
ON SNOW.
COME ON BACK, JOHN.
(music plays)

John says AND BACK AND ON IT.
(music plays)
MAN, I'LL TELL YOU...
DRIVING LIKE THIS.
HEY, WHEN YOU HIT THE CRATER
AND IT STARTS BOUNCING IS WHEN
IT GETS THIS ROOSTER'S TAIL,
AND YOU MAKE SHARP TURNS.
(music plays)
ALL RIGHT.
IT'S SO...

The narrator says THEN IT WAS BACK
TO THEIR LUNAR BASE, ACTIVATE
EXPERIMENTS AND CLOSE OUT
E.V.A. ONE.
APRIL 22ND.

A mission control member says THE LUNAR SURFACE
TEMPERATURE IN THE SUN SHOULD
BE AROUND 135 DEGREES TODAY.

The narrator says TODAY THEY WERE
HEADED A LITTLE OVER FOUR
KILOMETRES SOUTH, TO CLIMB
THEIR ROVER UP THE SIDE OF
STONE MOUNTAIN.
[Talking background]

Young says OKAY.

The astronaut says HEY, WE'VE GOT IT GOING UP
THE HILL, I'LL TELL YOU.

The narrator says THEIR FIRST
STATION, A CRATER 700 FEET
ABOVE THEIR LUNAR MODULE.
[Static]

The astronaut says WHERE DO WE WANT OUR FLAG?
IT'S HUGE, IS IT NOT?

Young says IT'S ABSOLUTELY UNREAL.
[Dialogue unintelligible]

The astronaut says... GET UP HERE... I AIN'T
NEVER SEEN ANYTHING AS
SPECTACULAR.
I KNOW YOU ALL ARE SICK OF THAT
WORD, BUT THAT'S MY VOCABULARY
IS ALL...
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says WELL, WE'LL SEE WHAT WE CAN
DO.
IF WE GOT TO BREAK SOIL, IF WE
GOT TO CIRUMVENT SOMETHING, WE
GOT ONE MAN TRAMPLING AND MAYBE
TWO OF THEM.

The narrator says THEY WOULD MAKE A
TOTAL OF SIX STOPS ON THIS
TRAVERSE, COLLECTING SAMPLES
FROM LARGE, ROCKS, DOWN THROUGH
THE INTERMEDIATES, TO THE
SMALLEST SOIL PARTICLES.
[Talking background]

The narrator says THEY WOULD OPERATE
EXPERIMENTS MEASURING THE
STRENGTH OF LOCAL MAGNETIC
FIELDS, TO MEASURING THE
RESISTANCE OF THE SOIL TO
COMPACTION.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says... THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX...
[All talking at once]
COULD YOU READ THAT AGAIN?
[Talking background]
[Beep]

The astronaut says OKAY.
[Typing]
[Talking background]
[Static]

John says HEY, WE'VE COME A LONG WAY.

The astronaut says HEY JOHN, YOUR FEET GONNA GO
STRAIGHT ACROSS.
THAT WAS FUN.

John says WELL, THAT WASN'T ANY
TROUBLE.
PUT YOUR ANKLES.

The astronaut says I WAS JUST KIND OF WALKING
OUT THERE.
[Talking background]

The narrator says THE SAMPLING TIME
USED UP, IT WAS TIME TO RETURN
TO THE ROVER AND HEAD BACK TO
THE LUNAR MODULE.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says AND THEY DID IT IN TWO
MINUTES LESS TRAVEL TIME THEN
IT WAS PRE-PLANNED.
FANTASTIC.

The astronaut says HOW ABOUT A NEW STATION, YOU
GUYS?
WE'RE FEELING GOOD.
IS THAT ALL WE'RE GONNA DO
IS JUST SIT AROUND AND TALK.

The narrator says BUT WITH THE
LIMITED OXYGEN AND WATER IN THE
BACKPACKS, IT WAS FINALLY TIME
TO CLOSE OUT E.V.A. TWO.

The astronaut says OKAY.
[Telephone ringing]

A man with long, side-parted dark hair and sunglasses and says THAT'S REAL EXPLORATION, AND
THIS IS MUCH, MORE SERIOUS AND
MUCH, MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE
FUTURE OF MANKIND, THAN JUST A
PLAIN EXPLOIT, OR TECHNICAL OR
TECHNOLOGICAL EXPLOIT.
THIS IS EXPLORATION.

A man with short, slicked back dark gray hair says RAY BRADBURY CLAIMS THAT
WHAT MANKIND SEES IN THE
EXPLORATION OF SPACE IS HIS
FIRST CHANCE AT IMMORTALITY
SINCE HE'S, SINCE HE INVENTED
RELIGION.
[Talking background]

The narrator says APRIL 23RD.
THE DECISION HAD BEEN MADE NOT
TO TRY AND FIX THE BROKEN, HEAT
FLOW EXPERIMENT BECAUSE OF THE
TIME AND COMPLEXITIES INVOLVED.
TRAVERSE NUMBER THREE.
TODAY, YOUNG AND DUKE WOULD
HEAD NORTH ABOUT FIVE
KILOMETRES TO NORTH RAY CRATER,
THE LARGEST, LUNAR CRATER TO BE
SAMPLED BY MEN.
[Talking background]

The astronaut says OUTSTANDING.
[Static]

Duke says HEY TONY, YOU THINK THE û-
TODAY, ABORT THE... OVER HERE
AND THEN GO ON TOWARDS SOUTH
RAY.

Young says OH, IT'S SPECTACULAR.
JUST SPECTACULAR.

Duke says WOW.

Young says SORRY, JOE.
I'VE GOT TO KEEP MY EYE ON THE
DRIVE.

Duke says THAT'S GREAT.

A mission control member says JACK, THAT'S A GOOD POINT TO
REMEMBER.
ALL THREE CREWS NOW TEND TO
TAKE THE... THERE BEFORE THEY
GET THERE.

Another mission control member says I REMEMBER.
[Talking background]

Young says MAN, DOES THIS THING HAVE
DEEP WALLS.
THEY -û IS GREEN, AND I'LL TELL
YOU, I CAN'T SEE TO THE BOTTOM
OF IT, AND I'M AS CLOSE TO THE
EDGE AS I'M GONNA GET.
[Laughs]

Duke says THAT'S THE TRUTH.
[Talking background]

The narrator says NOW, THE ROUTINE,
IF ANYTHING ON THE MOON CAN BE
CALLED THAT.
TEST, COLLECT, PHOTOGRAPH, KEEP
MOVING.
TIME IS PRECIOUS ON THE MOON.
[Talking background]

Duke says... IN ON THE CRATER.
THEY LOOK LIKE... IS WHAT THEY
LOOK LIKE.

Young says - WHEN YOU GET A RATTLESNAKE -

Duke says ON SOIL.

Young says HOW ABOUT ROLLING THAT ONE
OVER?

Duke says NO, WAY.

The narrator says THAN ONE OF THE
MOST, SPECTACULAR DISCOVERIES
OF THE MISSION.

Duke says LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT
BEAST.

Young says IT IS A BIGGIE, ISN'T IT?
IT MAYBE FURTHER AWAY THAN WE
THINK.

Duke says NO, IT'S NOT BAD.
IT'S JUST RIGHT BEYOND YOU.
[Beep]

Young says AND WE'D BETTER PRESS ON TO
THE BIG BOULDER.
[Static]
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Duke says OKAY, WE'RE HEADED THAT WAY.
YOU GET THE TONGS, JOHN?

John Young says YES, THEY ARE.

Duke says OKAY, RIGHT.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

Young says LOOK AT THIS.
THAT BIG, BLACK, DOT.

Duke says FANTASTIC.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says IT'S RIGHT HERE.
[Static]

Duke says YES, IF WE COULD SEE TO THE
BOTTOM, WE COULD SAY FOR SURE
THIS IS A BLACK ROCK.
IT'S RIGHT OUT OF THE BOTTOM.
BUT MY GUESS IS THE OLD,
PHOTOGRAPH IS THE -û OF THE
YEAR.
[Beep]

Young says OKAY, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A
GOOD GUESS.
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

Duke says GOD, DO YOU KNOW HOW
IMPORTANT THAT IS?

Young says YES.
[Laughs]
[All talking at once]

Duke says HE WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE.
[Talking background]

Young says I THINK I FOUND A ROCK.
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says I'M CURIOUS WHAT IT'S GONNA
LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY STAND NEXT
TO IT.
[Beep]

Duke says WE CAN SEE.

Young says IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S... BIGGER
YET.
YEAH, BUT LOOK AT THE...
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Duke says ON THIS SIDE OF...
[Talking background]
[All talking at once]

Young says AS OUR CREW SLOWLY SINKS
INTO THE SAND.
[All laughing]

Duke says WE BID A FOND ADIEU.

A mission control member says A DUDE INTO THE SUNSET.
[All laughing]
[All talking, laughing at once]

Young says WELL TONY, THAT'S YOUR HOUSE
ROCK RIGHT THERE.
[Beep]

Duke says VERY GOOD.
[Beeping]

Young says YOU MIGHT AS WELL GO GET...
IT'S FALLING ROCK.
LOOK, LOOK OVER, LOOK OVER AT
YOUR RIGHT.
IT'S FALLING ROCK PRETTY GOOD.

Young says YEAH, I KNOW.
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says KEEP GOING!

Duke says I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

Young says I CAN'T EITHER.

Duke says OKAY... GOING BACK.

Young says I AM.
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE.
[All talking at once]

Duke says AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU JUST TO
LOOK FOR SOME VARIETY.

The narrator says BUT NOW IT WAS
TIME TO HEAD BACK TO THEIR BASE
AND CLOSE OUT THE E.V.A.

Young says ALL RIGHT, WE THINK YOU CAN
JUST ABOUT HEAD SOUTH NOW.

Doug says YEAH.

Young says ALL RIGHT.
[Talking background]

Duke says YEE-HAW, WHOO!

Young says THAT'S IT.
WE'RE, WE'RE GOING.

Duke says HOME, HOME AGAIN, DIGGETY-
DIGS.

The narrator says DURING THE
PREVIOUS E.V.A., A SECTION OF A
REAR FENDER HAD COME OFF THE
ROVER CAUSING THE ASTRONAUTS TO
RECEIVE OCCASIONAL SHOWERS OF
LUNAR DIRT.

Duke says THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT.
NOW, ISN'T IT?

The narrator says YOUNG PARKED THE
ROVER THAN MOVED OUT TO JOIN
DUKE ENTER THE LUNAR MODULE AND
PREPARE FOR LIFTOFF.

Young says BOY, THIS IS A BEAUTY.
THIS PLACE IS JUST ABSOLUTELY
INCREDIBLE.
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says SMILE...
DON'T BE MAD.
WE'LL GET UP THERE.
SEE HOW NICE AND LEISURELY IT'S
BEEN?
THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE
GETTING READY FOR ASCENT.
[Talking background]

Young says TEN SECONDS.
[Static]

They take off from the moon and Duke says WHAT A RIDE.
WHAT A RIDE.
[Static]

Young says HEY...
[Dialogue unintelligible]

The narrator says TOGETHER IN ORBIT,
THE TWO SPACECRAFT PIROUETTED,
EACH INSPECTING THE OTHER.

Duke says THIS IS THE... OF ALL TIME.
(music plays)

The narrator says THE INSPECTIONS
COMPLETE, THE COMMAND MODULE
AND LUNAR MODULE MANEUVERED TO
DOCKING.
(music plays)

The narrator says JOHN YOUNG, KEN
MATTINGLY AND CHARLIE DUKE,
REUNITED ABOARD THE COMMAND
MODULE, SETTLED DOWN FOR
TOMORROW'S TASKS.
JETTISON THE LUNAR MODULE AND
BURN OUT OF ORBIT TO COME HOME.

Young says... ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.
[Talking background]

The narrator says APRIL 25.
KEN MATTINGLY LEFT THE CONFINES
OF THE COMMAND MODULE CABIN,
173,000 MILES FROM EARTH.
AS HE ORBITED THE MOON, HE HAD
NOT ONLY MADE VISUAL
OBSERVATIONS, HE HAD BEEN
OPERATING A COMPLEX SERIES OF
EXPERIMENTS.
MANY OF THESE HAD RETURNED
INSTANT DATA TO HOUSTON.
TWO HAD TAKEN THOUSANDS OF HIGH
RESOLUTION PICTURES OF THE
LUNAR TERRAIN.
NOW, MATTINGLY RETRIEVED THE
FILM CANISTERS AND MADE HIS WAY
BACK TO THE CABIN WITH THEM, AS
CHARLIE DUKE STOOD IN THE HATCH
TO HELP HIM.
[Talking background]

The narrator says IT HAD BEEN QUITE
A MISSION.
IN JOHN YOUNG'S WORDS...

John Young says I THINK WE'VE
SEEN AS MUCH IN TEN DAYS AS
MOST PEOPLE SEE IN TEN
LIFETIMES.

The narrator says APRIL 27TH, THE
LAST DAY.
THE CREW LOOKED OUT THEIR
WINDOWS THROUGH THE 5,000,
DEGREE FIREBALL OF RE-ENTRY AT
THEIR NATIVE PLANET.
[Talking background]
(music plays)

Mattingly says... THIS IS APOLLO 16.

YEAH, APOLLO 16, THIS IS
RECOVERY, AND WELCOME BACK.
GO AHEAD.

Young says THIS IS JUST...

A mission control member says MY GOD, IT'S BEAUTIFUL,
ISN'T IT?
(music plays)
[Talking background]

A mission control member says NOW, THEY'RE BLOOMING.
IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says BEAUTIFUL.
[All applauding]
(music plays)
[All applauding and cheering]

Mission control says APOLLO... HOUSTON.
AN OBSERVER OVER AT TICONDEROGA
ESTIMATES THE DISTANCE UP ON
THE SHIP ABOUT ONE MILE.
[Talking background]
[All applauding and cheering]

They all land in the water.

Duke says THAT'S RIGHT ON THE...
[All applauding and cheering]
[Talking background]

Now they walk off the ship and salute.

Young says NOW!

Duke says HUH, NOW?
[Talking background]

John Young says YOU SAW AN
EXAMPLE OF GOAL-ORIENTED TEAM
WORK IN ACTION.
THE KIND OF THING THAT MADE
THIS COUNTRY, GREAT, AND THE
KIND OF THING, THAT'S GOING TO
KEEP IT THAT WAY.
[Talking background]

A mission control member says THAT'S A REAL, SMOOTH SHOT,
EVERY BIT OF IT, JERRY.
YOU BROUGHT EM IN GOOD.
[All talking at once]

A mission control member says I'M TELLING YOU, MAN.

A mission control member says WELL DONE, YOUNG MAN.
OUTSTANDING.

A mission control member says I AM...
I AIN'T TOUCHING THAT CIGAR NOT
ANYMORE.
I CANNOT.
[All talking at once]
(music plays)
[All talking at once]
MIKE, CONGRATULATIONS...
[All talking at once]
WELL DONE.
YEAH, THEY GET ONE MORE.
WELL DONE.
ONE MORE TO GO.
[All talking at once]
(music plays)

An end credit reads "Writer slash producer, Don Wiseman.

Editor, Brian D. Beasley.

Narrator, Stan Wessel.

Produced by AV Corporation, Houston, Texas.

A black slide appears with a caption that reads "Next time, apollo 17."

A man through the radio says HEY, THAT IS ORANGE...
IT'S ALL OVER.
ORANGE.
IS THAT ORANGE, OR...
IT'S RIGHT UNDER MY FEET.
HEY, IT IS!
I'M STANDING RIGHT HERE.
IT'S ORANGE!
[Dialogue unintelligible]
BOY, IS THAT...
IT'S ORANGE!
IT SURE IS.
ORANGE!
(music plays)

The caption changes to "the apollo years."

The end credits roll.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Murray Battle.

Editor, Michael Morningstar.

In collaboration with NASA, CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY and YORK UNIVERSITY.

A Production of TV Ontario. 1998.

An astronaut says WE LEAVE AS WE CAME AND, GOD
WILLING, AS WE SHALL RETURN,
WITH
PEACE AND HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO 17.
WE'RE ARRIVED.
WE'RE ARRIVED.
[Beep]

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