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    "In April, 1972, my life changed forever..."

    Charlie Duke "Reflections of a Lunar Voyager" Autograph Manuscript Signed. Offered here is a truly incredible handwritten piece of history. An 8.5" x 11" sheet of Duke's personal stationery where he has neatly written some of his thoughts regarding his trip to the surface of the moon as Apollo 16's Lunar Module Pilot; he was one of only twelve men to have those experiences. A color snapshot of Duke with this manuscript is included. This item has wonderful display potential. Transcript follows. Excellent.

    "Reflections of a Lunar Voyager

    "In April, 1972, my life changed forever as I found myself riding Werhner Von Braun's magnificent rocket into the heavens aboard Apollo 16, mankind's fifth successful lunar landing mission.

    "On April 20th, John Young and I successfully landed our Lunar Module 'Orion' on the moon's dusty soil! Several hours later, I emerged to become only the 10th human being in history to ever stand on another world!

    "We spent the next three days living on the moon, and exploring the ancient Descartes Highlands in our Lunar Rover! Though the moon is totally lifeless, its beauty was incredible. It was mostly shades of grey in color. The entire surface was covered with lunar dust that was as fine as powder. I looked up into the blackness of the lunar sky, and directly over my head was the blue and white jewel of Earth! What a sight!

    "I was humbled as I pondered the thought that I would be one of only twelve human beings to ever experience this truly fantastic adventure!

    "The epic voyages of Apollo marked a turning point in human history, when mankind first lifted off from our earthly island home, and began our long journey to the stars!

    "April, 1999
    Charles M. Duke Jr.
    Apollo 16 Moon Walker"


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    November, 2013
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    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
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