Astronaut Charlie Duke Plays Apollo 11 VR on Oculus Rift

January 10 08:27 2017 Print This Article

(Immersive VREducation) – On Saturday, 18th of July, Apollo 16 astronaut General Charlie Duke attended the opening of the Gateway to Space exhibition in Brussels where we had a virtual reality installation of our upcoming Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience.

General Charlie Duke walked on the moon in 1972 and was lunar module pilot for the Apollo 16 mission where he spent three days on the moons surface. General Duke also 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. Dukes 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!”

Charlie was also part of the backup crew for Apollo 13 before finally getting his own mission on Apollo 16.

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