Charlie Duke

Astronaut Charlie Duke, the youngest man to walk on the moon, will appear on the WCU campus Wednesday, Sept. 11. The public is invited, but preregistration is required.

The Free Enterprise Speaker Series returns to Western Carolina University at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with an event featuring Charlie Duke, an Apollo astronaut and the youngest person to walk on the moon.

Preregistration is required for the free public event in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Duke was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 16 and is one of only four surviving men who have walked on the moon. A Charlotte native, he is a U.S. Navy Academy graduate and before retiring was a test pilot and U.S. Air Force officer.

“It will be a tremendous opportunity to hear from one of only 12 people to have ever set foot on another planetary object in the history of mankind, particularly just after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969,” said Amy Fagan, a WCU geosciences assistant professor who has worked with lunar samples since 2009 and is an Apollo sample principal investigator.

WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series is a forum for the campus and community to explore various points of view on important issues and hear from renowned experts from a variety of fields and perspectives.