Charles Duke

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Duke, Charles


Born Oct. 3, 1935, in Charlotte, N.C. American astronaut, lieutenant colonel of the USAF.

Duke graduated from a college in St. Petersburg, Fla., and received the degrees of bachelor of naval science from the US Naval Academy in 1957 and master of science in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. He served at US Air Force bases in Georgia and Texas and then at the Ramstein air base in West Germany. After graduating in 1965 from a school for training pilots for space exploration, he worked at that school as a designer of control systems. In 1966 he joined a group of astronauts at NASA. Duke was an alternate to F. Haise, the pilot of the lunar landing module of spacecraft Apollo 13.

On Apr. 16-27, 1972, Duke, J. Young, and T. Mattingly made a flight to the moon on the spacecraft Apollo 16, Duke being the pilot of the lunar landing module. The module with Duke and Young on board made a landing on the moon in the region of the Descartes Crater on Apr. 21, 1972. Duke spent 71 hours and 2 minutes on the moon, during which he made three excursions totaling 20 hours and 14 minutes. The exploration program included searches for traces of volcanic activity on the moon. Duke and Young moved about the surface of the moon in a lunar rover.

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A few days before the mission was set to take off, the backup lunar module pilot, Charles Duke, accidentally exposed crew members Ken Mattingly, Fred Haise and James Lovells to German easels.
In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke deployed a far-ultraviolet camera-spectrograph at their Descartes Highlands landing site.
Previous interviewees in the Exploring Legends series this year have included moon-walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Charles Duke, marine archaeologist Clive Cussler, world-record diver Don Walsh, mountaineer Scott Parazynski, and Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen.
London, Feb 13 ( ANI ): Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke didn't just leave footprints when he visited the lunar surface, he also left a photograph of his family 40 years ago.
Charles Duke Moon Walk: April 21, 1972 At 36 he was the youngest to walk on the moon.
The petitioners included Charles Duke, who walked on the moon in the Apollo 16 mission, and the first woman to walk on the Moon, Kathryn Sullivan.
Algunos, como los astronautas del programa Apollo, James Irwun y Charles Duke, vieron en esta imagen la prueba de que la Humanidad fue escogida para recibir un regalo divino.
Echoing Texts: George Chapman's Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles Duke of Byron.
Interviews with Charles Duke, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Guenter Wendt, Gen Bernard Schriever (father of the intercontinental ballistic missile), Scott Grissom (Gus Grissom's oldest son), Jim McDivitt, Jack Lousma, and Walter Cronkite reveal additional fascinating points:
In April 1972 Charles Duke helped explore the Moon's Descartes highlands as part of America's Apollo 16 mission.
Graduates include Matthew An- derson-Hurd, Tanja Bernich, Laura Black, Brian Duke, Charles Duke, Greg Ervin, George Garrod, Charles Gomes, Seth Harris, Hannah Harrod, Randy Hescock, Devon Hoagland, Gavin McFarland, Shane Miller, Krystle Orr, Joshua Ottenbreit, Forrest Overcash, Samantha Pennington, Terrie Ramsey, Kelly Richardson, Trevor Swafford, Danielle Taylor, Cora Vasquez, Alyssa Walter, Cody Wells, Kyle Wertz, Christopher Williams and Lindsay Zubriski.
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