Cernan, who died Monday (Jan. 16) at age 82, launched three times to space and was one of only three astronauts who flew to the moon twice. In addition to leading the final moon landing, Cernan became only the second American to walk in space during the Gemini 9 mission in 1966, and was lunar module pilot on Apollo 10, the “rehearsal” for the first moon landing, in 1969.
With Cernan’s death, six out of the 12 humans who walked on the moon are now deceased.
Cernan was a strong advocate for expanding U.S. human space exploration beyond Earth orbit, joining fellow Apollo astronauts Jim Lovell and the late Armstrong in delivering testimony before
In addition to his fellow astronauts, tributes were shared by many of the organizations Cernan worked with, including the San Diego Air and Space Museum in California, Space Center Houston, the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
Gene Cernan will always be remembered as the ‘last man on the Moon’ — at least until the next person walks there
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