Portrait of Charles Duke at Plum Crater

Space Mission
Apollo 16, 16-27 April 1972, EVA 1

John Young

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper; Numbered to upper margin ‘NASA AS16-114-18423’ with ‘A Kodak Paper’ watermarks to verso.

This magnificent frame is from the panoramic sequence taken by Young at station 1 in the otherworldly scenery of Plum Crater.
Charles Duke watches his photographer, “raising his right hand to waist height in greeting.” (from the ALSJ mission transcript at 124:03:12 GET)

The scoop previously planted by Duke to provide scale in pictures of the lunar surface is visible next to him. The photograph shows the beauty and stark bleakness of the lunar surface. With antenna pointed toward Earth, the Lunar Rover in the background beams a TV picture to vicarious explorers around the world.