Death of the last man to have walked on the Moon
The last man to have trampled the lunar ground, among the twelve who did, died. Eugene Cernan was the commander of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission in December 1972.
The last man to have trampled the Moon died Monday at the age of 82 in Houston in the United States. The US space agency announced the death of Eugene Cernan who had participated in the missions: Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and 17.
Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, passed away today. We reflect on his life and legacy: https://t.co/U0HrTZo0iX pic.twitter.com/JtgCCQImrM— NASA (@NASA) 17 janvier 2017
It was during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, this American astronaut set foot on the lunar surface with Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (civilian - unlike Eugene Cernan - who is still alive) within three excursions.
Eugene Cernan left lunar ground last and spent more than 73 hours, including more than 22 hours of spacewalks. He recorded the last lunar message to this day.
“As I take man’s last step from the surface…I’d like to just say what I believe history will record: That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Since December 14, 1972, no man has set foot on the moon.