The Last Man to Walk on the Moon Passed Away at Age 82

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Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan, who the last person to walk along the moon’s surface during the December 1972 mission, Apollo 17, has passed away at age 82. says that Cernan spent three days on the moon alongside his crewmate Harrison Schmitt.

According to, Cernan’s resume was impressive, to say the least. He was the second American to spacewalk, “was lunar module pilot on Apollo 10, the ‘dress rehearsa’ for the first moon landing” and “was one of only three astronauts who flew to the moon twice.”

Cernan’s legacy and words at the end of the Apollo 17 mission will inspire dreamers for years to come. “We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind,” he said as he completed his mission.

There aren’t many people left on Earth who have walked on a lunar landscape. The Daily Caller lists Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, David Scott, John W. Young, Charles Duke and Harrison Schmitt as the final moonwalkers. Interestingly, all of these men, along with Cernan, have lived beyond the average life expectancy of American men (79-year-old.)

If you’re interested in learning more about Cernan, he penned a book and took part in a documentary before he passed called, “Last Man on the Moon.” Check out his website here.