Been in space 1972
Born 1935 in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), lives in Texas. US Air Force pilot, Master of aeronautical engineering (MIT), NASA astronaut, moonwalker, entrepreneur.
July 20th, 1969
„Thanks, tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again! Thanks a lot!“
Charlie Duke's first words to
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, after seconds earlier the radio message "The Eagle has landed" confirmed the touchdown of the Apollo 11 lunar module.
10th man on the moon
April 16 - 27, 1972
The launch of Apollo 16
Almost three years after the first moon landing, LMP Charlie Duke climbed the Apollo 16 capsule at the top of the Saturn V rocket. Together with Commander John Young and CMP Ken Mattingly, he launched to the fifth lunar landing mission.
Landing on the Lunar Surface
As Lunar Module Pilot (LMP), Charlie Duke landed the Lunar module 'Orion' south of the lunar equator on April 21th, 1972 at 2:23 GMT. During the three-day stay on the Moon's surface, Duke and John Young conducted many scientific experiments. With the 'Lunar Rover' they drove about 27 km and explored unknown areas of the Moon.
“We both were fascinated”
Charlie Duke & Gennady Padalka about the rendezvous of Apollo und Soyuz in 1975.
Charlie was 39 years old and Gennady was 17 years old.