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Apollo astronaut heads to Milton Keynes

Charlie Duke walks on the moon Photo: The Armchair Astronaut

One of the 12 men to have walked on the moon is to visit Milton Keynes.

Charlie Duke, who's now 88, was the module pilot of the Apollo 16 in 1972.

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Number of hours that Charlie Duke spent in space.
Charlie Duke Credit: NASA

Duke was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966 and served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 10 flight. He was CAPCOM for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon and he served as backup lunar module pilot on the infamous Apollo 13 mission.

His own mission to the moon blasted off at 12:54 p.m. EST April 16, 1972, from Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

There were two significant command and service module problems – one en route to the moon and one in lunar orbit – contributed to a delay in landing and a subsequent early termination of the mission by one day.

You can watch a documentary about the mission below.

Now he's coming to Milton Keynes to meet those interested in space travel about his time at NASA. He's appearing at the Milton Keynes Christian Centre on Saturday.