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Remembering Gene Cernan

“Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have walked on the moon.”
Source: NASA

Gene Cernan, a U.S. Navy captain, veteran of three spaceflights, and the last man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

Cernan died Monday, surrounded by family members, of ongoing health issues, according to a statement from his family on NASA’s website. He is survived by his wife, their children, and nine grandchildren.

In December 1972, Cernan and two other astronauts launched to the moon the final Apollo mission. For three days, Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, a scientist

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