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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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