Eugene Cernan: A life in pictures

Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died on Jan. 16, 2017. These pictures document his role in the Apollo 10 and Apollo 17 missions.


    Post moonwalk photo op

    Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan inside the lunar module on the moon after his second moonwalk of the mission. His spacesuit is covered with lunar dust. (NASA)

    Apollo 10 crew

    The crew of Apollo 10, from the left, Eugene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford are photographed while at the Kennedy Space Center. In the background is the Apollo 10 space vehicle on Launch Pad 39 B, The three crewmen had just completed a Countdown Demonstration Test exercise on May 13, 1969. (NASA)

    Apollo 17

    The voyage of Cernan's Apollo 17 marked the program’s final expedition to the moon. It lifted off after midnight on Dec. 7, 1972 from Kennedy Space Center and touched down on the lunar surface on Dec. 11. The crew spent almost 75 hours on the lunar surface, conducted nearly 22 hours of extravehicular activities (EVAs), and traveled almost 19 miles in the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). (NASA)

    Roving on the Moon

    Cernan makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. (NASA)

    American flag on the moon

    Cernan holds the lower corner of the American flag during the mission's first EVA, December 12, 1972. (NASA)

    View of Earth from the Moon

    Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. (NASA)

    Apollo 17 splashdown

    The Apollo 17 spacecraft glided to a safe splashdown at 2:25 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 1972, 350 nautical miles southeast of American Samoa.  The astronauts were flown by recovery helicopter to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga slightly less than an hour after the completion of NASA's sixth and last manned lunar landing in the Apollo program. (NASA)
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