Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died at age 82.

NASA announced that Cernan died Monday surrounded by his family. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs confirmed the death but had no immediate details.

Cernan and Apollo 17 crewmate Harrison Schmitt spent three days on the moon in December 1972. As he followed Schmitt into the lunar lander for the return home, he offered a message of “peace and hope for all mankind.”

He also traced the initials of his 9-year-old daughter into the dust of the lunar surface.

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One Response to “Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82”

  1. The Last of the V8 Interceptors on 17/17/17 at 10:15 am

    Now it is all about Muslim outreach and catching a ride with the Russians or buying their rockets.
    Thank You to Gene Cernan and the engineers and astronauts of NASA for fulfilling JFK’s bold dream to get to the moon by the end of the 1960s.