Sunday, February 17, 2013

Family photo taken by Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke discovered on Moon’s surface

The next time you’re walking on the Moon don’t be surprised if you come across a family photo, after a snap was revealed to have been left there by the youngest man ever to make the trip.

Apollo 16 pilot Charles Duke put the picture in a plastic folder and dropped it on the surface when he traveled there in 1972.

The photo, which features him, his wife Dottie and two sons, Charles and Tom, was apparently intended for intelligent life forms that would potentially come across it.

‘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.

The snap was revealed when Mr Duke’s own photo of it was discovered at the Project Apollo Image Archive in America.

Robert Jacobs, Nasa’s deputy associate administrator for communications, said: ‘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.’

Mr Duke is now 77 but was 36 when he made his journey to the moon.


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