Ronald Ellwin “Ron” Evans Jr.

Ronald Ellwin “Ron” Evans Jr.

Saint Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Apr 1990 (aged 56)
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Paradise Valley, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot Space 437
Memorial ID 167176552 · View Source
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American Astronaut. He was a US Navy officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, also one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon. He was selected as an astronaut by NASA as part of Astronaut Group 5 in 1966 and made his first and only flight into space as Command Module Pilot aboard Apollo 17 in 1972, the last manned mission to the Moon to date, with Commander Eugene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt. During the flight, he orbited the Moon as his two crewmates descended to the surface. Consequently, he is the last person to orbit the Moon alone and holds the record for the longest lunar orbit by a human at 148 hours. In 1975 Evans served as backup Command Module Pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission. He was presented with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1973, the Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award in 1970, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 1973, Navy Astronaut Wings, eight Air Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing service in 1966. He received a University of Kansas Distinguished Service Citation in 1973, and was named Kansan of the Year in 1972. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1983,[2] and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on October 4, 1997.

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