77) Captain Eugene Cernan

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77) Captain Eugene Cernan

The Last Man to walk on the Moon (as of 1972)

Born: 14 March 1934, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Died: 16 January 2017, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Electrical engineer, astronaut, and naval engineer. He went to space three times, two of which took him to the moon. Eugene was also the second man to walk in space.

He was one of fourteen men selected for the astronaut training program by NASA in October of 1963. Gene would pilot Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 and commanded Apollo 17. While en route to the moon during the Apollo 17 mission, Eugene and his crew took the now iconic “Blue Marble” photograph of the Earth.

Eugene retired from both the US Navy and NASA in 1976, after twenty years with the US Navy and thirteen with NASA. He would later work as a television commentator on the early space shuttle missions.

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