The last man to walk on the surface of the moon, United States former astronaut Gene Cernan has died at the age of 82 according an announcement by U.S. space agency, NASA.
“Gene Cernan, Apollo astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon, has passed from our sphere, and we mourn his loss. Leaving the moon in 1972, Cernan said, ‘As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.’ Truly, America has lost a patriot and pioneer who helped shape our country’s bold ambitions to do things that humankind had never before achieved.” Said NASA administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan
Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, will be remembered in history for flying three times in space, twice to the moon.
Cernan’s crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, with an entire hemisphere fully illuminated a “whole Earth” view showing Africa, the Arabian peninsula and the south polar ice cap, according to NASA.
Speaking to VOA on the 40th anniversary of the last mission, Cernan said he is not proud to be the last man to walk on the moon because of a fading interest in space travel.
“It is tremendously disappointing that here I am, 40 years later, and still hold that title,” he said.
— NASA (@NASA) January 17, 2017