The picture flashed on the display screen, an enormous shadowed crater on the floor of the moon, and Charlie Duke put a hand to his jaw. He’d walked there. The subsequent one confirmed a household photograph mendacity within the moon mud, and he smiled. It was of his household.
Duke, a retired brigadier basic and astronaut, grew to become the 10th individual to set foot on the moon because the lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972. He was one in every of three NASA veterans who talked about resilience, or overcoming adversity, at a Principled Management Symposium at The Citadel final week.
In a fuzzy display screen seize eerily paying homage to house transmissions, Citadel grad Col. Randy Bresnik joined them through a distant feed from Russia, the place Bresnik is coaching to take over command of the Worldwide Area Station throughout a six-month deployment that lifts off in Might.
Duke is genial however powerful as nails, and his view is honed by his expertise.
“Keep targeted in your aim,” he mentioned in an interview earlier than the symposium. His present aim is shared by the opposite panelists: put an astronaut on Mars. The deployment may take six months to a yr or extra, with the spherical journey masking tens of tens of millions of miles.
If a crew stays targeted, workouts thoughts and physique diligently, “the human physique appears to do OK in house and you will be OK while you get again,” Duke mentioned. Merely the adrenaline of watching the crimson planet method from the spacecraft home windows ought to supply the motivation.
“I feel that motivation is actually vital. You are actually going to must need to try this,” Duke mentioned.
The opposite NASA veterans collaborating had been planetary geologist Noah Petro and retired mission director Steve Odendahl. Amongst different topics, they mentioned the way forward for house exploration, agreeing that the rising public-commercial partnerships could be one of the best ways to realize it.
“They’ll speak about house, what it means to us as a rustic, as a nation and as a tradition, actually,” mentioned Cadet Angelica McNerny, who not too long ago reported on Bresnik’s coaching and who’s working to be commissioned into the house program.
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