Apollo 16 astronaut makes historic donation to KSU

Charles Moss Duke Jr.‚ the tenth man to walk on the moon‚ was on campus Oct. 17 to donate a complete lunar module contingency checklist‚ a lunar rover map and 20 Georgia state flags flown on board Apollo 16 in 1972 to the Horace W. Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Oct 18, 2007) — Future visitors to the moon may be surprised to learn there’s not much of a view.

“I hate to tell you this‚ but Hollywood’s got it wrong‚” Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Moss Duke Jr. told a crowd of students‚ faculty‚ staff and community members gathered at Kennesaw State University Oct. 17. “The sky is not filled with stars. It’s just black out there because there’s no atmosphere. All we could see was the moon and the sun.”

Duke‚ a retired Air Force brigadier general‚ was on campus Wednesday to donate a complete lunar module contingency checklist‚ a lunar rover map and 20 Georgia state flags flown on board Apollo 16 to the Horace W. Sturgis Library.

The lunar map Duke donated to KSU is the one he and John W. Young used to navigate each of their drives in the lunar rover across the moon in April 1972. Because the map was directly exposed to the lunar environment‚ it became coated with dust and contains smudges of lunar soil. The 103−page lunar module checklist used during the astronauts’ three−day stay on the moon‚ from April 20–23‚ contains handwritten notations.

The donation makes KSU the first university library in the world to own a map and complete checklist used on the lunar surface.

“This is an incredible donation‚” KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. “For the library to now be the home of these artifacts that were actually on the moon is a tremendous‚ tremendous honor for Kennesaw State.”

A self−described “space nut‚” Papp was a University of Miami graduate student when he watched Apollo 16 launch from the John F. Kennedy Space Center on April 16‚ 1972.

“I was there when Gen. Duke blasted off‚ and I have the pictures to prove it‚” Papp said‚ showing the crowd copies of the photos. “I have been absolutely fascinated by the space program ever since it began‚ and I remain fascinated by it.”


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