Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, died today at 82. | Photos: nasa.gov and Wikipedia
Monday, January 16, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Eugene Cernan, the 11th, and so far, last man to walk on the Moon, died today at a hospital in Houston. He was 82 years old.
Cernan, who grew up Maywood and Bellwood, and attended Proviso East High School, was an officer in the U.S. Navy, an engineer and a fighter pilot. As an astronaut, he traveled to space three times from 1966 to 1972.
“Cernan concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of the last human mission to the moon in December 1972,” according to an obituary on Nasa’s website. “En route to the moon, the 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. The hugely popular photo was referred to by some as the ‘Blue Marble, a title in use for an ongoing series of NASA Earth imagery.”
“Cernan and crewmate Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt completed three highly successful excursions to the nearby craters and the Taurus-Littrow mountains, making the moon their home for more than three days,” Nasa wrote. “As he left the lunar surface, Cernan said, ‘America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.'”
The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College was named after the famous astronaut and native son. VFP