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Apollo 16 #222620

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1972
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(NYC) Ken Mattingly discovered command service module engine failed to make crucial circularization. [Simulated film.] [Wally SCHIRRA - says back-up guidance system for command module not ok. Need power of lunar descent engine to return to earth.] Must land by 9:23 p.m. or return home.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Houston, Texas) Wives of astronauts in Houston, Dottie Duke and Elizabeth Mattingly, described as calm. Susan Young believed at Cape Kennedy, Florida. One of secondary concerns is fate of scientific experiments, the primary reason for mission.] [Dr. Paul GAST, chief of Planetary and Earth Sciences at Manned Spacecraft Center - expresses disappointment at scientific losses, especially testing of temperature below lunar surface.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(NYC) Decision to be made when voice contact regained.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill

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