Workers surround the Apollo 16 lunar capsule (also known as "Casper") while cleaning out its case at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
Following a break in routine maintenance because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is sprucing up the antique spaceship before events marking the 50th anniversary of its flight to the moon in 1972. (Image provided by NASA)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Apollo 16 capsule is dusty all these decades after it carried three astronauts to the moon. Cobwebs cling to the spacecraft. Business cards, a pencil, money, a spoon and even a tube of lip balm litter the floor of the giant case that protects the space antique in a museum.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant a break in the normal routine of cleaning the ship's display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. But workers are sprucing up the spacecraft for the 50th anniversary of its April 1972 flight.