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Apollo 16 Map from Lunar Module Orion

This lunar surface map was used aboard the Lunar Module Orion during descent for navigation to their landing site in the Descartes highland region.

 

Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke wrote in an accompanying letter: “This lunar map has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for thirty years.”

 

Duke also signed on the front: "This chart was one of the navigational aids used by John Young and me to help us navigate to the lunar surface. This chart then remained on the moon, within Orion during our three day lunar stay. Charles M. Duke, Jr. Apollo 16 Moonwalker." (The original g in doing the moonwalk)

 

Apollo 16 was the first to land in a highlands area. It has also become the mission of personal fascination to me ever since John Young began disposing of his personal collection of space artifacts. He turns 80 on Sept. 24, and must be cleaning out the garage and tending to his garden.

 

“il faut cultiver notre jardin.” — Voltaire flashback to high school debate

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Taken on September 10, 2010