Charles Duke

Charles Duke on the Moon

Charles Duke

Charles "Charlie" Duke landed on the Moon in 1972 during the Apollo 16 mission, the fifth Moon landing. Duke and mission commander John Young explored an area of highlands called Descartes.

Prior to this, Duke served as CAPCOM (capsule communicator) during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. His job was to speak to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their historic landing.

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)

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Charles Duke on the Moon

About Charles Duke

Apollo 11's CAPCOM walked on the Moon during Apollo 16.

About Charles Duke

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.

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