The family photo left on the moon #Photography #Space #Apollo

Markus Mehring writes about the Duke family photo, placed on the moon 50 years ago by astronaut Charlie Duke and photographed.

Not sure when and where exactly this photo in a photo was taken. Probably in the garden behind the Duke’s house, late 60s, on a sunny day. Taken by a photographer or family friend or relative, or maybe with a timer or remotely triggered. The film was removed from the camera, taken where you get your film developed, and got developed and printed on paper. Back it went to the Dukes, where it stayed for a while.

At some point, Charlie Duke probably decided that it was a good idea to take it with him on his mission, so he took the necessary steps, like having it packed in transparent foil, and it finally got placed in the spacecraft. It was launched with Apollo 16, travelled all the way to lunar orbit and landed with the LM. On EVA-3, Charlie Duke took it out on the surface, placed it down onto the lunar soil, and took a couple of photos of the scene with his Hasselblad.

Cat Crater at Station 14 was named for sons Charles And Tom. Dot Crater at Station 16 was named for his wife.

You can read more in the article and in the Tweet by Massimo.

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  1. Would the photo have faded to white by now from UV damage?

  2. Seeing as it’s been 50 years, I’d guess it’s almost totally disintegrated due to the temperature swings as well as the UV.
    Apollo 16 has a special place in my mind – I was one of the 500,000 people who helped fake the moon missions. Half a million and no one spilled the beans? Yup. My part was aboard the USS Ticonderoga recovery ship and I have photos of the chutes opening, the splashdown and the recovery by helicopter. Yup – hear me now and believe me later – all fake.
    ps: totally loved it when Buzz thumped that fool and the judge said he had been provoked so not guilty.

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