Eugene Cernan

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Eugene Cernan

Eugene Andrew Gene Cernan born on 14 March 1934 was the last to walk on the Moon. He started his career as a basic flight trainee in the US Navy, supporting hundreds of aircraft carrier landings and spending thousands of hours in the air flying jets. His experience in the Navy got him a spot in the NASA astronaut group. Image source: www.library.arizona.edu

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Eugene Cernan

Cernan’s first spaceflight was Gemini 9 in which his task was to spacewalk, but it ended up immensely difficult as the spacecraft was not worth enough to face the challenges. Even though the flight was exhausting, Cernan wilfully completed many of his tasks and provided valuable information for future missions. Image source: www.quotationof.com

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Eugene Cernan

In Cernan’s second mission, he was a lunar module pilot of Apollo 10 in 1969. It was his first comprehensive lunar-orbital flight test. His task was to demonstrate the safety and accuracy of the spaceflight in the Moon’s gravitational field. Image source: www.wp.com

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Eugene Cernan

Cernan’s third spaceflight was as a spacecraft Commander of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon from the United States on 6 December 1972. They returned home on 19 December, making it the last successful task of NASA to the Moon. Just before going back into the lunar module, Cernan knelt and left his daughter Tracy’s initials by shaping TDC (Teresa Dawn Cernan) on the lunar surface. Image source: www.nasa.gov

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Eugene Cernan

With just months before the final Apollo mission to the Moon, Cernan did a small stunt which could have cost his life. He took a small helicopter out over the Indian River near Kennedy Space Center to practise moon landing. He flew too low to the water because of which the machine crashed and exploded. Fortunately, he had a miraculous escape. mage source: www.mallorca.com

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Eugene Cernan

Although the Apollo 17 mission was his last space flight, Cernan stayed with NASA. He worked as a special assistant to the Apollo Spacecraft Program at the Johnson Space Center, where he further helped to develop the Apollo-Soyuz project. He left NASA in 1976 and at the same time also retired from the Navy as a Captain. Image source: www.airportjournals.com

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Eugene Cernan

New York bestselling author Don Davis describes Cernan’s experience at NASA and of space in the book The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Race in Space. Image source: www.docheads.org

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