After the Eagle spacecraft touched down, Duke said: "Roger, Tranquillity, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot!"
Photo: Charles Duke on the Moon (NASA/John W. Young)
Apollo 11's CAPCOM walked on the Moon during Apollo 16.
Apollo 16's Charlie Duke tells James May how the Apollo 11 astronauts landed.
James May meets Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke. From mission control in Houston, Duke was in direct communication with the Apollo 11 astronauts inside the landing craft, Eagle. He later walked on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission.
Charlie Duke tells James May what it was like to walk and drive on the Moon.
Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke tells James May what it was like to walk on the Moon. He explains that it wasn't all work for them up there - they had some fun too.
Charles Moss "Charlie" Duke, Jr. (born October 3, 1935), (Brig Gen, USAF, Ret.), is an American engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and a former astronaut for NASA. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.
A former test pilot, Duke has logged 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft; and 265 hours in space, plus 20 hours and 15 minutes of extra-vehicular activity.
A resident of New Braunfels, Texas, he is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.