Charles Duke


Full Name: Charles “Charlie” Moss Duke Jr.
Born: October 3, 1935 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: January 1, 1976
Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 11 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes
Number of EVA’s: 3
Total EVA Time: 20 hours, 14 minutes, 14 seconds


Apollo 10
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 11
Assignment: Capcom

Apollo 13
Assignment: Back-up Lunar Module Pilot

Apollo 16
April 16-27, 1972
Assignment: Lunar Module Pilot
Flight Duration: 11 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes

Apollo 17
Assignment: Back-up Lunar Module Pilot


B.Sc., Naval Sciences, US Naval Academy, 1957
M.Sc., Aeronautics, MIT, 1964

Spent three years as a fighter-interceptor pilot with the USAF stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

September 1965, Graduate of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, where he remained as an instructor until selected by NASA.

April 1972, LMP on Apollo 16, where he and CDR John Young spent three days at the Descartes Highlands landing site exploring the region during three EVA’s.

Retired from NASA and the USAF (at the rank of Brigadier General) in 1976 to pursue private interests. He is the owner of Duke Investments and the Founder & President of Charlie Duke Enterprises.

More recently he founded the Duke Ministry for Christ where he works as a speaker and Christian Lay Witness.

While working as Capcom on the Apollo 11 mission he responded to Neil Armstrong after the landing with the word’s “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!”


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