Texas Legislative Conference names Apollo 16 astronaut as 2020 Texan of the Year

Texas Legislative Conference has announced Apollo 16 astronaut and retired US Air Force Brigadier General Charles Duke has been named the 2020 Texan of the Year, the company said.

Duke will be honored March 26 at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. He will join prominent past honorees since 1974 including presidents, US senators, entertainers, governors, and business icons.

Duke served as lunar module pilot of Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972. He was accompanied on the fifth manned lunar mission by John W. Young (spacecraft commander) and Thomas K. Mattingly II (command module pilot). Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands. Duke is the youngest and one of only 12 people who have walked on the moon.