rip. Gene Cernan, the last of those who have walked on the moon has died

Perhaps the title is not as clear as it could be. Gene Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon. No one has done it since.
Per reuters: “Cernan, who also was one of the first men to go on a spacewalk, died surrounded by his family, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement without giving details.

Cernan and fellow Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt became members of the most exclusive club in the universe on Dec. 11, 1972, when they stepped from their lunar landing module onto the moon’s surface. Only 10 other people – all American astronauts – had done so before and none have done so since.

Over three days, they rambled more than 19 miles (30 km) in a lunar roving vehicle and gathered more than 220 pounds (100 kg) of rocks during their 22 hours of exploration of craters and hills” (2017.)
“I knew that I had changed in the past three days and that I no longer belonged solely to the Earth,” Cernan, a former Navy test pilot, wrote in a memoir titled “The Last Man on the Moon. “Forever more, I would belong to the universe.

Cernan, who grew up near Chicago, retired from NASA and the Navy in 1976. God speed Gene Cernan God speed!

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