Meet Charlie Duke

Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke
An afternoon on the Moon with NASA Apollo Moonwalker
Charlie Duke
Saturday 9th September 2017
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The Armchair Astronaut is pleased to sponsor an afternoon on the Moon with NASA Apollo Astronaut and Moonwalker Charlie Duke. Come and hear his story, the anecdotes and the memories told by the man himself. Hear about life on the front-line of the space race, the atmosphere in mission control during the historic Apollo 11 first lunar landing and later his own journey to the Lunar highlands and walk on the Moon. Each guest will have the opportunity to meet Charlie Duke, to have a professional photo and take home a signed, inscribed photo.
Meet Apollo 16 Moon-walker Charlie Duke
Meet Apollo 16 Moon-walker Charlie Duke
About Charlie Duke
A retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot, Duke has logged over 4,000 hours flying, which includes over 3,600 hours in jet aircraft. As the Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, Duke accumulated 265 hours in space and over 20 hours on the Lunar surface.
Duke was selected to be an astronaut in April 1966. In 1969, he served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10 and then as CAPCOM for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon, where his distinctive Southern accent became familiar to audiences around the world. As CAPCOM, he became the voice of a Mission Control during this historic first landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Duke was backup Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13, however shortly before the mission he inadvertently exposed the prime crew to the measles disease. This caused Ken Mattingly to be replaced by Jack Swigert. Mattingly would later be reassigned as Command Module Pilot of Duke's flight, Apollo 16.
Duke served as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972 where he and John Young landed at the Descartes Highlands region on the Moon and conducted three EVAs, making Duke the tenth person to walk upon the surface of the Moon. He later served as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17, the final mission of the Apollo programme. Duke retired from NASA in December 1975.
Event Schedule

12:00 Event Opens.
Informal social gathering for space enthusiasts.
Enjoy a selection of space memorabilia trade stands.
Coffee shop open with a selection of hot and cold refreshments.
Don't forget to buy your Charity Raffle Tickets for a chance to win some space collectibles.

13:00 Meet & Greet.
Come and meet the legend himself for a quick meet, greet and collect your signed, inscribed photo (choice of photos provided).
Pose for an optional professional photo (£30 payable on the day). Your photo will be ready for collection during the interval.

15:00 An Audience with Charlie Duke.
Charlie Duke takes to the stage to share with us, in his own words, his life and career in the early NASA Astronaut programme, in mission control, launch atop a 363ft rocket and his experience walking on the Moon.

16:30 Interval & Prize Draw.
Raffle tickets at the ready.
Time for rest and refreshments.

17:00 Charlie Duke Q&A session.
An opportunity for you to put your questions to the man himself.
17:30 Main Event Closes.

17:30 VIP Reception.
An optional ticket upgrade. Benefit from all the above with priority seating and entrance to the VIP reception with Charlie and Dotty Duke. Strictly limited availability!
19:00 VIP Reception Closes.

Tickets Now Available

Milton Keynes Christian Centre
Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 2TG.

Just off Junction 14 of the M1.

By Car:
Just 10 minutes from the M1 junction 14.

  •     Follow the A509 West signposted Milton Keynes.
  •     Take 2nd exit at roundabout (signposted A4146).
  •     Take 1st exit (left) at next roundabout (V11, Tongwell Street).
  •     Take 3rd exit (right) at next roundabout (H7, Chaffron Way).
  •     Go straight over the next three roundabouts.
  •     Turn right into Oldbrook (Strudwick Drive).
  •     At the mini-roundabout, take the first exit in to the MKCC car park!
By Train:
The MKCC is just one mile from Central Milton Keynes railway station. There is a taxi rank immediately outside the front of the railway station.

By Air:
The nearest international airport is London Luton (LTN).

Please contact us if you need support with directions and local amenities.

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