Astronaut

Charlie Duke

Nov. 27, 2019 | Soneva Fushi

Charlie became one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966, serving on five different Apollo missions to the Moon: Apollo 10, 11, 13, 16 and 17. Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the lunar highlands. Charlie and John W. Young (spacecraft commander) stayed on the surface for 71 hours and 14 minutes. On completion of the Apollo 16 mission, Charlie logged 265 hours and 51 minutes in space, which includes 21 hours and 28 minutes in extra-vehicular activities.

In December of 1975, Charlie retired from NASA. These days he is a public speaker of international renown on topics that range from delivering under pressure, to team preparedness and space exploration.