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During 20 years as a Naval Aviator, including 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Captain Eugene A. Cernan left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as the Pilot of Gemini IX, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, and the Commander of Apollo XVII. After flying to the moon not once, but twice, he also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last man to have left his footprints on the lunar surface.
Captain Cernan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1956 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Post Graduate School in 1963. Among his numerous honors, the most significant are the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with Star, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the FAI International Gold Medal for Space, induction into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame, enshrinement into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Naval Aviation’s Hall of Honor and the International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Captain Cernan was awarded NASA’s first Ambassador of Exploration Award, the Federal Aviation Administration’s prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, and the 2007 Lindbergh Spirit Award presented only every five years. In December, 2007, The National Aeronautic Association presented Captain Cernan with one of the most prestigious aviation trophies in the world, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, in Washington, DC. Captain Cernan was honored by receiving the 2008 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, and he received the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Gold Air Medal, one of the most important international awards, in the Fall of 2008.
“Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have left his footprints on the Moon. I believe with all my heart that somewhere out there is a young boy or girl with indomitable will and courage who will lift that dubious distinction from my shoulders and take us back where we belong. Let us give that dream a chance.”Captain Gene Cernan
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NEIL ARMSTRONG AND GENE CERNAN TOGETHER AGAIN… Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011… on one of two trips to the war zones (with Jim Lovell) to support the troops.. Photo courtesy of David Hartman.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com December 8, 2016 Gene Cernan salutes ‘trailblazer’ John Glenn Last man to walk on the moon pays his respects to the former astronaut WATCH NOW. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com December 8, 2016 Cernan:...read more
The Last Man on The Moon (Seriously!) Critiques The Martian – and Discusses a New Documentary Based on His Life
When it comes to sci-fi movies, Gene Cernan, 81, isn’t a big fan. After all, the guy hasn’t even gotten around to watching Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. And yet, he admits that he “loved” The Martian, especially...read more
Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon. He visited the moon’s neighborhood twice, aboard Apollo 10 and Apollo 17, and also did a challenging spacewalk aboard Gemini 9. While he chose not to fly in the shuttle program, Cernan remained involved in...read more
“Space and aviation have been sources of inspiration and romance for more than 100 years. The U.S. desperately needs to do something to recapture the pioneering spirit that allowed it go to the Moon. America must find a way to instill in its children the desire to launch expeditions into the unknown–to breach what today seems impractical or even impossible. If I can call the Moon my home long before today’s generation of young adults were even born, then I challenge them and their children to tell me what in their lifetime is impossible.”Captain Eugene A. Cernan
Captain Eugene A. Cernan holds the distinction of being the last man to leave his footprints on the moon. He spoke about his experiences at selected events around the world. During 20 years as a Naval Aviator, including 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Captain Cernan left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as the Pilot of Gemini IX, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, and the Commander of Apollo XVII. He was also the second American to walk in space.