An end to an era

The last of the brave explorers to the moon has left us. Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When Cernan stepped out from lunar module “Challenger” he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. His lunar module pilot, Jack Schmitt, was the 12th. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the module, making him the last person to walk on the lunar surface.

Cernan had previously served as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10 and was a pilot on the Gemini IX mission.

Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, of which 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon, according to NASA.

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Comments (14)

  1. noahbody

    sad

    January 16, 2017
    1. SEC

      yes it is

      January 16, 2017
      1. noahbody

        all gone now

        January 16, 2017
        1. SEC

          yup and in many ways so is the vision they were part of

          January 16, 2017
          1. noahbody

            yep

            January 17, 2017
  2. fierylady

    Thanks for letting us know. Sorry to hear that!

    January 16, 2017
    1. SEC

      As was I

      January 16, 2017
  3. Munkyman

    That’s a 3 day weekend a lot of us would kill for.

    January 17, 2017
    1. SEC

      January 17, 2017
  4. Bettymom

    I’m surprised that NASA can still function. The heart has been ripped out of it.

    January 17, 2017
    1. SEC

      I’m with you on that wonder too

      January 17, 2017
  5. GoldenPig2012

    We went, we saw, we knew, we were done. Thank you and Godspeed to each and every person who allowed the rest of us to know what the moon is, what it looks like close-up. We take it for granted, these days, what courage it took to try to go there, to see what thousands of years of humans had only guessed at. Hats off to each and every one. If you don’t know what “hats off” means……………….that’s your loss.

    January 17, 2017
    1. SEC

      on the moon I wouldn’t do that but being earthbound I shall raise my hat in salute

      January 17, 2017
      1. GoldenPig2012

        HUGE GRIN!!!! Right there with ya on that one!

        January 17, 2017