October 27, 2016, 20 freshmen shuttled over to the Cradle of Aviation to meet Apollo 16 astronaut and USAF Brigadier General, Charlie Duke. Our early arrival meant front-row seating for a truly unique experience. Only seven men remain who have taken the journey to walk on the Moon and these students were eager to hear his experience and stories.
Charlie began his remarks with a piece of advice for all of us– “Dream big and never close yourself off to any avenue.” Then he established a timeline for the students to put into perspective where he came from and how he got to be the tenth astronaut to walk on the Moon.
The pinnacle of his talk was his review of a 14-minute video compilation of his trip and time spent on the Moon. Students had primary source accounts of one of America’s greatest accomplishments with intricate details of the mission from takeoff to landing. Time was allotted for questions and a photograph to remember this special day.
Thank you to Cradle of Aviation for inviting the students to this unforgettable experience.