Apollo 16 Charlie Duke - 10th Man On The Moon - Autographed book.
In fine condition. Very rare.
In 1969, Duke was a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10.
He then served as CAPCOM for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon, where his distinctive Southern drawl became familiar to audiences around the world.
As CAPCOM, he became the voice of a Mission Control nervous by a long landing that almost expended all of the Lunar Module Eagle's fuel.
Duke's first words to the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon were flustered, "Roger, ... Tranquility, we copy you on the ground.
You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot!"
Duke served as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972 where he and John W. Young landed at the Descartes Highlands and conducted three EVAs,
making Duke the tenth person to walk upon the surface of the Moon.
He also served as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17. Duke retired from NASA in December 1975.
Apollo 16 (April 16–27, 1972) was launched from John F. Kennedy Space Center and was the fifth manned lunar landing mission.
The crew consisted of John W. Young as Commander, Ken Mattingly as Command Module Pilot, and Duke as Lunar Module Pilot.
Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands.
John Young commenced the then-record setting lunar surface stay of 71 hours and 14 minutes by maneuvering the lunar module Orion
to a landing on the rough Cayley Plains. In three subsequent excursions onto the lunar surface, he logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in extravehicular activities
involving the emplacement and activation of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 lb (96 kg) of rock and soil samples,
and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the roughest surface yet encountered on the moon.
Other Apollo 16 achievements included the largest payload placed in lunar orbit (76,109 lb or 34,595 kg); first cosmic ray detector deployed
on the lunar surface; first lunar observatory with the far UV camera; and longest in-flight EVA from a command module during transearth coast (1 hour and 13 minutes).
The Apollo 16 mission was concluded with a Pacific Ocean splashdown and subsequent recovery by USS Ticonderoga.
Charlie Duke - Has added "10th Man to walk On The Moon. Apollo 16"
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