NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Legislative Conference has picked an Apollo 16 astronaut as the 2020 Texan of the Year.
Brigadier General Charles Duke became the youngest of 12 people to ever walk on the surface of the moon in 1972.READ MORE: Residents Battle Summer Heat As DFW Sees 100 Degrees Sunday
“His perspectives are unique and his efforts have paved the way for tremendous advancements in science and technology that we all enjoy today,” Texas Legislative Conference Chair E. Ray Covey said.
Duke is a South Carolina native and moved to Texas as one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA for the Apollo program in 1966.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot While Meeting To Fight Suspect At Park In Arlington, Police Say
He also served as the liaison between the Apollo 11 astronauts and Mission Operations Control Center, communicating with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the first moon landing.
“General Duke is a pioneer, who embodies the spirit of ingenuity and discovery,” William T. Harris, president and CEO of the science and exploration learning center at Space Center Houston, said. “He continues to be an inspiration to future generations as we move forward in pursuit of new ideas and advancements in human space exploration.”MORE NEWS: Texas House Members Urge Gov. Abbott To Reverse Ban On Mask Mandates In Public Schools
Duke will receive the award at a ceremony in New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center in March 2020.