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    The Apollo 16 astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday (27 April), after their 11-day mission.

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    GV Capsule and parachutes through air and splashdown.
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    SV Helicopter hovers near capsule and diver into water (2 shots)
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    MV Astronaut out of capsule and into liferaft.
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    GV Capsule and helicopter with ship in background.
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    SV Helicopter winching up John Young into helicopter from liferaft.
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    GV Sailors on deck of aircraft carrion.
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    SV Helicopter carrying astronauts lands on carrier (2 shots)
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    SV Astronauts out of helicopter and wave, then down steps and greeted by Captain of carrier.
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    Initials VS/0.37


    SATELLITE TELERECORDING

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    Background: The Apollo 16 astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday (27 April), after their 11-day mission. The command ship "Caspar" parachuted into a slight swell only about a mile (1.6 kms) from the main recovery ship, the aircraft carrier "Ticonderoga."
    The three astronauts, John Young, Charles Duke and Ken Mattingly, found themselves upside down for several minutes until self-inflating bags turned the capsule right side up.

    On their way through the earth's atmosphere the crow were subjected to gravity forces seven times above normal -- somewhat higher than for previous returning moon missions because their angle of approach was steeper.

    Some 26 minutes after splashdown, Young, Duke and Mattingly scrambled out of the capsule and into a liferaft. Mattingly then reached and closed the Casper's hatch. The cramped spacecraft had been his home throughout the flight, including three days alone while Yong and Duke explored the lunar surface.

    After they had been winched aboard a helicopter, the trio were flown to the dock of the Ticonderoga for the traditional U.S. Navy welcome to returning astronauts. The Apollo 16 crew is expected to return to Houston on Saturday (29 April).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7W3IDLWB6MAS9C3O18WVPF876
    Media URN:
    VLVA7W3IDLWB6MAS9C3O18WVPF876
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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