The first man and the last man to walk on the moon. Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan share a warm smile, camaraderie and a clasp of hands. Neil's ground breaking EVA lasted just over two hours. Cernan, as he was proud to say, spent 3 days on the Lunar surface, where he had a house, a car and a job, spending almost a full day working on the moon over 3 EVAs. (Thanks to SpaceHipsters for this pic) #apollo

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NASA Astronaut Gene Cernan turns 81 today. He was born 3-14 in 1934. He was the last man to walk on the moon on the final 1972 Apollo 17 moon landing. He's been to space 3 times as both pilot and commander.

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When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story. Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, 'If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at…

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1934-03-14 Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, USN born in Bellwood, IL, GT-9Am Apollo 10 & 17

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On Dec. 14, 1972, Apollo 17 Cmdr. Eugene Cernan climbed from the moon's dusty surface up the rungs of the Lunar Module ladder, entered his spacecraft and began the journey back to Earth. Almost 40 years later, he still finds it strange to have been the last man on the moon.

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August 28, 1972 – Atop the slow-but-sturdy crawler-transporter, the Apollo 17…

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Eugene Cernan, the last Apollo astronaut to walk on the moon, left something behind: his daughter's initials in the dust.

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