Humans on an alien world

Apollo Sixteen astronaut Charles Duke’s family snapshot, that is, face up on the lunar dust. Is it still there? Who knows. But it was when he put it there in 1972.

“‘This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972,’ the spaceman wrote on the back of the picture.”

He wasn’t the only astronaut to leave mementos on the moon, according to NASA deputy administrator Robert Jacobs. “A lot of astronauts left some sort of personal memento. This one is a moment of humanity and what is important, for Charlie it was his family.”

Duke, a former Air Force test pilot, is 80.


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