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Apollo 16 pilot jokes he remains youngest man to step on moon, despite being 83 *PARTNER CONTENT*

Switzerland, Zurich
July 19, 2019 at 21:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former astronaut Charles Duke, one of the few human beings to walk on the moon and the one who was the youngest to ever set foot on the lunar surface, spoke with RT on the 50th anniversary of first moon landing in Zurich on Friday.

“I use this as a joke: I was the youngest man when I stepped on the Moon; now I'm 83 years old and I'm still the youngest man who stepped on the Moon,” he said smiling.

Duke also discussed his famous family portrait he left on the Moon in 1972.

"We had a little family meeting. I said: 'You guys, like to go to the Moon with dad?' They said: 'Oh, dad, that would be great.' Of course, you can't actually do it. But I said: 'Well, look we'll have a picture taken of our family, and I'll take it to the moon with me and leave us, our family, on the moon in that picture.' They got really excited,” he recalled. The astronaut managed to bring that picture to the Moon and leave it there with the inscription: "This is the family of astronaut Charlie Duke from planet Earth who landed on the Moon in April 1972."

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first people to the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the lunar surface. Three years, later Apollo 16 brought three other Americans, including Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke to the moon.

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Former astronaut Charles Duke, one of the few human beings to walk on the moon and the one who was the youngest to ever set foot on the lunar surface, spoke with RT on the 50th anniversary of first moon landing in Zurich on Friday.

“I use this as a joke: I was the youngest man when I stepped on the Moon; now I'm 83 years old and I'm still the youngest man who stepped on the Moon,” he said smiling.

Duke also discussed his famous family portrait he left on the Moon in 1972.

"We had a little family meeting. I said: 'You guys, like to go to the Moon with dad?' They said: 'Oh, dad, that would be great.' Of course, you can't actually do it. But I said: 'Well, look we'll have a picture taken of our family, and I'll take it to the moon with me and leave us, our family, on the moon in that picture.' They got really excited,” he recalled. The astronaut managed to bring that picture to the Moon and leave it there with the inscription: "This is the family of astronaut Charlie Duke from planet Earth who landed on the Moon in April 1972."

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first people to the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the lunar surface. Three years, later Apollo 16 brought three other Americans, including Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke to the moon.

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W/S Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke being interviewed

SOT, Charles Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 (English):

“The Munich Olympics were that year. And so we would start the Olympic year off with a high jump on the moon. Well, when I jumped... Down here on Earth, I weighed a hundred and sixty five kilos with all my equipment on. Up there - twenty seven kilos. So I would manage to get up maybe a metre off the Moon. But when I straightened up to jump, my center gravity went backwards and over, I went like this. And the life support system on your back is only a carbon fiber shell, if you will. Maybe plastic. But it is not designed to have an impact on the Moon, and it contains all your oxygen and regulators. Anyway, I managed to roll right and break my fall, but my heart was pounding. And fortunately everything held together, and I didn't kill myself on the Moon. “

W/S Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke being interviewed

SOT, Charles Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 (English): "[We had] been like 35-40 hours awake before we could get back and get a rest period. So they changed the flight plan, and they said: 'OK, you go to sleep. Have a rest period before you go out.' Well, OK, but I mean you can imagine, Sophie, our lives were like this, we were glued to the window, we were here, we've seen all this wonderful exciting stuff, we were ready to go out, and they say 'go to sleep.' Well, I couldn't get to sleep. And finally I had to take a sleeping pill to get me quiet, if you will. And I had about four hours of rest that night, but after that you're really exhausted in the suit. And we were so excited. I never lost my excitement, enthusiasm about being on the Moon in 71 hours." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

W/S Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke being interviewed

SOT, Charles Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 (English):

“We had a little family meeting. I said: 'You guys, like to go to the Moon with dad?' They said: 'Oh, dad, that would be great.' Of course, you can't actually do it. But I said: 'Well, look we'll have a picture taken of our family, and I'll take it to the moon with me and leave us, our family, on the moon in that picture.' They got really excited. So, on the back of the picture I wrote: 'This is the family of astronaut Charlie Duke from planet Earth who landed on the Moon in April 1972.' And so we all four signed it, and I got permission to take that picture and leave it on the Moon. And so one of the last things I did on the Moon was to take that picture out of my pocket and drop it onto the moon and then take a picture of the picture." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

W/S Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke being interviewed

SOT, Charles Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 (English):

"I use this as a joke: I was the youngest man when I stepped on the Moon; now I'm 83 years old and I'm still the youngest man who stepped on the Moon. And I was only four months younger than Jack Schmitt, so it's no big deal, but I'm looking forward to the day when this kid can step on the Moon." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

W/S Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke being interviewed

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