Charlie Duke Autograph Professionally Framed

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Charlie Duke Autograph Professionally Framed

Price: £179.00

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This 8/10” professionally taken, high quality photograph has been signed in person by Charlie Duke.

This item comes professionally framed and glazed as shown and placed in a traditional but modern frame. This premium frame also incorporates an anti UV coating to prevent the photo and autograph from fading. The frame is sealed to the rear and comes complete with hanging brackets and your Certificate of Authenticity inserted in to a clear plastic sleeve and attached to the rear of the picture.

 

Your photo is mounted with the text graphics as shown. “If you prefer your photo mounted without the text then please let us know via the contact us link when your order has been placed”

Charles Moss Duke, Jr. (born October 3, 1935) is a retired US Air Force brigadier general, and a former United States astronaut for NASA. As lunar module pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest of the 12 people who have walked on the Moon.

A former test pilot, Duke has logged 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft; and 265 hours in space, plus 21 hours and 28 minutes of extra-vehicular activity.

A resident of New Braunfels, Texas, he is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

In April 1966, Duke was one of the 19 selected for NASA's fifth group of astronauts. In 1969, he was a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10. He then served as capcom for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon, where his distinctive southern drawl became familiar to audiences around the world. As capcom, he became the voice of a Mission Control nervous by a long landing that almost expended all of the lunar module Eagle's fuel. Duke's famous first words to the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon were flustered, "Roger, Twank... Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot!"

Duke was backup lunar module pilot on Apollo 13, however shortly before the mission he caught German measles from a friend's child and inadvertently exposed the prime crew to the disease. As Ken Mattingly had no natural immunity to the disease, Mattingly was then replaced as command module pilot by Jack Swigert. Mattingly would be reassigned as command module pilot of Duke's flight, Apollo 16.

Duke served as Lunar Module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972 where he and John W. Young landed at the Descartes Highlands and conducted three EVAs, making Duke the tenth person to walk upon the surface of the Moon. He also served as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 17.

Apollo 16 (April 16 – 27, 1972) was launched from John F. Kennedy Space Center and was the fifth manned lunar landing mission. The crew consisted of John W. Young as commander, Ken Mattingly as command module pilot, and Duke as lunar module pilot. Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands. Duke commenced the then-record setting lunar surface stay of 71 hours and 14 minutes by maneuvering the lunar module Orion to a landing on the rough Cayley Plains. In three subsequent excursions onto the lunar surface, he logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in extravehicular activities involving the emplacement and activation of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 lb (96 kg) of rock and soil samples, and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the roughest surface yet encountered on the moon.

Other Apollo 16 achievements included the largest payload placed in lunar orbit (76,109 lb or 34,595 kg); first cosmic ray detector deployed on the lunar surface; first lunar observatory with the far UV camera; and longest in-flight EVA from a command module during transearth coast (1 hour and 13 minutes). The Apollo 16 mission was concluded with a Pacific Ocean splashdown and subsequent recovery by USS Ticonderoga.

Ilovememorabilia certificate of authenticity

Unique Credit card style COA

Our unique Certificate of Authenticity (COA) has a similar look and feel to a credit card.

Integrated image

Your unique COA will incorporate an exact image of your purchased item.

COA reference number

Your COA incorporates a reference number unique to the item that you have purchased. Should you wish to sell the item in the future, potential buyers can check the details of the item along with the date purchased by entering the number into the authentication page on our website.

UACC & AFTAL

Ilovememorabilia are registred dealers with the 2 largest autograph authentication sites in the world those been the UACC (Universal Autograph Collectors Club) & AFTAL (The Autograph Fair Trade Association). The COA bears our current membership numbers.

We believe that the quality of framing is just as important as the picture itself. Therefore we use only the highest quality frames and framing materials.

Your signed photo is mounted onto Kapa Foam board to ensure they stay flat within the frame. A soft white card window mount is then expertly bevel cut to the size of your print. The window mount’s outside dimensions fit within the appropriate size frame.

The mounted print, window mount and glass are then sandwiched within the frame, sealed from behind with a backing sheet and appropriate fixings attached so that your framed image is ready to hang.

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