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Bid Adieu Gene Cernan Last Astronaut to Flatten Moon Passes Away at 82

Bid Adieu Gene Cernan

US astronaut Gene Cernan, who became the last person to step on the moon, passed away at 82, on Monday, 16th January 2017. Following the ongoing health problems, the astronaut of NASA exhales his last breath at a Houston hospital, declared his family member Melissa Wren. Moreover, NASA also took to Twitter to publicize the news of Gene Cernan’s demise through a series of Tweets on Monday.

The full name of Gene Cernan was Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan. He was born on March 14, 1934, and died on January 16, 2017, at the age of 82. He used to have an all-in-one personality like; he was a naval aviator, an astronaut of NASA, aeronautical engineer, electrical engineer, as well as a fighter pilot. He also was the last human to stamp on the Moon since 1972. Cernan was the spaceship commandant of Apollo 17, the final flight of NASA’s Apollo mission. The flight was also the third space flight and the final programmed manned spaceship to touchdown the moon in December 1972.

Before his last space trip in 1972, Cernan He tripped into space two more times. His first space mission happened in June 1966, where he was the Pilot of Gemini 9A spaceship. Similarly, later, he worked as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 and took off to space in May 1969, His last mission was the mission of Apollo 17 in December 1972.

On Apollo 17 mission, Cernan was last of the twelfth personal to land on the moon. In addition, he was also a backup crew affiliate for the operations of Gemini 12, Apollo 7, and Apollo 14 space missions. However, Apollo 17 mission marked him as the last person to touchdown the feet of the moon. Cernan was also the only person to head for the Moon in the lunar Lander two times. His first lunar mission was the Apollo 10’s non-landing mission, followed by the second and last Apollo 17 mission.

After his sudden demise, NASA took Twitter to express its deep melancholy followed by a tweet, which reads: “We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.”

On this matter, one of the family members of Cernan said, “Even though he was 82-years-old, still Gene was deeply passionate about space exploration missions and news.

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