A few of our newest arrivals are these stunning photographs, signed by Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke. Charlie Duke was a fighter pilot, U.S. Air Force Officer, and astronaut. He served as Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 16 mission, which aimed to answer the broader questions about the Moon’s surface by collecting samples, conducting experiments, and taking photos.
This photo shows Duke collecting samples next to Plum Crater. It is signed and inscribed by Duke, reading: “It may have been ‘One Small Step’ for Neil, and ‘One Giant Leap for Mankind’ but for me, I was just happy that we successfully landed our lunar module ‘Orion' on the moon's dusty soil! Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 Moonwalker, Apollo 11 Capcom.”
This next photograph shows the Phoenix Mars Lander on the surface of Mars. The goal of the Phoenix Mars Lander was to study the history of water in the Martian arctic, search for evidence of a habitable zone, and assess the biological potential of the planet. Duke signed and inscribed this photo, commenting on this next step in exploration: "The challenge of Mars is going to be tremendous! To think about going there and building a station on Mars is going to be a challenging endeavor and I think we can do it. The human spirit wants to go to Mars and go out and explore. It will be another small step for man and another giant leap for mankind! Charlie Duke, Apollo 11 Capcom, Apollo 16 Moonwalker."
Complete your collection of authentic Charlie Duke memorabilia with this second edition of Moonwalker, signed by Duke and his wife, Dotty. Moonwalker offers Duke's firsthand account of the events of the Apollo 16 mission, going into detail about the technical details of the mission and how it affected his family.
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