1/16/2017 – Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died at the age of 82


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Eugene AndrewGeneCernan (March 14, 1934 – January 16, 2017), (Captain, USN), was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot.He traveled into space three times: as Pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966, as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969, and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. On Apollo 17, Cernan became the eleventh person, and most recent man, to walk on the Moon, since he was the last to re-enter the Lunar Module Challenger after the mission’s third and final extravehicular activity (EVA). Cernan was also a backup crew member for the Gemini 12, Apollo 7 and Apollo 14 space missions.  Read more…

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