LUNAR MAP INSCRIBED BY APOLLO 16 ASTRONAUT CHARLES DUKEDUKE, Charles M.
Map inscribed (Lunar Topographic Map).
Washington: U.S. Army Topographic Command, March 1972.
One sheet measuring 28 by 31 inches. Housed in a custom cloth portfolio. $2500.First edition of this lunar topographic map, inscribed, “Descartes and the Cayley Plains, Fifth Lunar Landing, April 1972, 71 hours on the Moon, 3 EVAs, Charles M. Duke, Jr., Apollo 16 LMP.” Duke has also marked the landing site with an “x.”
“Duke served as lunar module pilot of Apollo XVI, April 16-27, 1972. He was accompanied on the fifth manned lunar landing mission by John W. Young (spacecraft commander) and Thomas K. Mattingly II (command module pilot). Apollo XVI was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands. Duke and Young commenced their 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, they each logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in extravehicular activities involving the emplacement and activation of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 pounds of rock and soil samples, and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the roughest and blockiest surface yet encountered on the moon” (NASA). The map, with red printed contour lines, covers an area from approximately 8.75 to 9.2 degrees south latitude and from 15.2 to 15.75 degrees east longitude.
A fine inscribed piece, suitable for framing.