Astronaut Gene Cernan is famously known as being the last man to walk on the moon, but it was a label he wanted to shed. Cernan, who flew in both Gemini and Apollo missions, advocated for further space exploration that would take us back to the moon and out into our Solar System.
Early last week the native Chicagoan passed away at the age of 82, with his family by his side. Sadly, Cernan was not able to see someone else walk on another world, but his passing gave a renewed sense of purpose to the NASA administration as they remembered him throughout the week.
At Space Center Houston a portrait of Cernan and a wreath stand on display to remember his life. The Starship Gallery is filled with artifacts and exhibits related to Cernan’s famous last flight, including the Apollo 17 command module he flew home in, a simulated lunar surface scene where Cernan and Schmitt worked, and samples of the lunar rocks the crew brought back on their mission.
Cernan will have a funeral mass in Houston on Tuesday, January 24th at 2:30 p.m. CST, which will be broadcasted on NASA TV.