When I Met Astronaut Charlie Duke

Today, I went to a luncheon and got to hear from General Charlie Duke, a former NASA Astronaut. He spent 71 hours on the surface of the moon with Apollo 16, and was the backup lunar pilot for Apollo 13.

Funny enough, he’s also the one who infamously caught the German measles back in the days of Apollo 13 and exposed fellow pilot Ken Mattingly to it, which caused him to be replaced by Jack Swigert. (If you’ve seen the movie Apollo 13, you know what this is all about).

Pretty cool guy, and amazing story.

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