July 21: Meet the 10th Man to Walk on the Moon
An event sponsored by Hoosier Uplands & Mitchell Opera House
A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming to Mitchell, Ind.!
On July 21, 2018, United States Air Force Brigadier General and NASA Astronaut Charlie Duke will participate in Galactic Gathering II: Faster and Farther Than Ever, presented by Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc.
There are two opportunities to see Duke on July 21.
Both programs require tickets, which can be purchased at:
- Photo Opportunity | 2 to 4 p.m. – Duke will pose for photographs with the public at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell.
- Symposium | 7 p.m. – Duke will make a presentation and take questions at the Mitchell Opera House.
Duke's special guest appearance in Mitchell is sponsored by Hoosier Uplands and the Mitchell
Opera House. Proceeds for the event will go to Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc.
Learn more about the full Galactic Gathering weekend event.
About Charlie Duke
Duke was the 10th and youngest man (out of 12 total) to walk on the moon when he landed Apollo 16 there on April 21, 1972. Today, only two (including Duke) of the five surviving men speak about their time on the moon.
Duke was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 16. He, along with astronaut John Young, spent 20
hours walking on the surface of the moon during his extravehicular activities (EVA), conducting
experiments and bringing home rocks and soil samples for further study. Duke's experience as an astronaut began in 1966. Before his own trip to the moon, he was the voice inside the control room as Neil Armstrong made man's first steps there. Duke also communicated with the crew of Apollo 11 as they landed the lunar module with only seconds of fuel remaining.
Duke was backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 13 when he caught the measles. This incident
grounded primary crew member Ken Mattingly, as depicted in the movie “Apollo 13.” Due to Mattingly not having immunity to the measles, he would be reassigned to a later mission.
Duke is a former Air Force fighter and test pilot. He has logged thousands of hours in jets such as F-101 Voodoo, F-104 Starfighter and the T-33 Shooting Star aircraft.