Eugene Cernan: Not the last person on the moon… Just the last one so far.
“We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Eugene (Gene) Cernan (1934 – 2017)
Gene Cernan was one of the first American astronauts chosen who did not have experience as a test pilot. He did have over 4800 hours on jet aircraft and 200 aircraft carrier landings.
Cernan was the second American astronaut to walk in space and the last human(so far) to walk on the moon.
The following quote was too big to put on the front of the card, but to important to leave out.
“Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have left his footprints on the Moon.
I believe with all my heart that somewhere out there is a young boy or girl with indomitable will and courage who will lift that dubious distinction from my shoulders and take us back where we belong. Let us give that dream a chance.” – Gene Cernan
By the way… Gene Cernan has also traveled faster than any human in history. The return trip from orbiting the moon in Apollo 10 managed a speed of 39,897 km/h (24,791 mph)!
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Image of Gene Cernan placed in the public domain by NASA – http://history.nasa.gov/ap10fj/as10-image-library.htm, Public Domain, Link