The last man to ever walk the moon, Gene Cernan, passes away at age 82

Gene Cernan Apollo 17

Today at the age of 82 Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, passed away. Gene Cernan took part on three space flights including: as the pilot for Gemini 9A, the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10, and as the commander of Apollo 17. Being the last man to walk on the moon also made him the last man to transmit a radio communication from the moon.

Bob, this is Gene, and I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – 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. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.

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