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Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 commander, is pictured inside the lunar module following the third session of extravehicular activity on the 20th century's last lunar landing mission. Credit: NASA

Gene Cernan, the last man (to date) to walk on the moon, passed away Monday at the age of 82.

Cernan joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1963 and flew on Gemini 9 in 1966, becoming the second American to make a spacewalk.

He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10 in 1969, the “dress rehearsal” mission for the Apollo 11 landing, and commanded the last Apollo mission to the moon, Apollo 17, in 1972.

The cause of Cernan’s death was not announced, but he had been in poor health in recent months. [collectSPACE]


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