CPT Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan


CPT Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan

Bellwood, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Jan 2017 (aged 82)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 175405252 View Source
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American Astronaut. He, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last person to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo missions. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1956 and earned his master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 1963 he was selected to the third group of astronauts by NASA. He, along with Thomas P. Stafford, were launched into space on June 3, 1966 aboard Gemini 9. During the mission, he left the spacecraft for more than two hours of extravehicular activity and also Gemini 9 hooked up three times with a target vehicle. On May 18, 1969, he, along with Stafford and John W. Young, began the eight day mission of Apollo 10. As the pilot of the Lunar Module, he brought the landing craft into a close lunar orbit, approaching the Moon's surface to within 16 km. He and Stafford completed a complex series of orbital maneuvers before returning to the Command Module. Apollo 10 completed every function necessary for a lunar landing. which was first accomplished later by Apollo 11. From December 7-11, 1972, he commanded Apollo 17 with Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt aboard. He, along with Schmitt, explored the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon's surface during the mission. This mission was the last in the Apollo Moon program. He later served as the deputy director of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, which finished in July 1975, and then resigned from both the navy and the space program in 1976. He later went into private business. In 1999 he, along with journalist Don Davis, wrote the book "The Last Man on the Moon," which later was turned into a documentary in 2014. During his career, he received numerous military and NASA honors.

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As we leave the moon, and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind.

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