Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 3, 1935. He received a bachelor of science degree in Naval Sciences from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957 and a master of science degree in Aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. He has logged 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft. Duke, pictured at right, was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as 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 Apollo 13. Duke also served as lunar module pilot of Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972. With the completion of his first space flight, Duke has logged 265 hours in space and over 21 hours of extra vehicular activity (EVA).
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