Published July 6, 2011
At a June gathering of astronauts during SpaceFest III held at the Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Atlantis’ final launch on Friday sparked strong opinions from nearly a dozen Apollo and shuttle astronauts. Apollo 16 astronaut retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Moss Duke Jr, 75, San Antonio, Texas, was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10, he was CAPCOM (Mission Control "Capsule Communicator," the astronaut who spoke directly to Apollo astronauts during their moon missions) for Apollo 11, and he served as backup lunar module pilot on Apollo 13. Duke was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 16 mission, April 16-27, 1972, along with spacecraft Cmdr. John W. Young and command module pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II. Duke also served as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 17, and wrote the book "Moonwalker," with his wife, Dotty Duke.
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