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Gene Cernan

Gene CernanAKA Eugene Andrew Cernan

Born: 14-Mar-1934
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Last man on the moon (Apollo 17)

Military service: US Navy (Captain)

A former Navy attack pilot and retired American astronaut and businessman, Gene Cernan holds the distinction of being the last human being to have walked the lunar surface (1972). Commander of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, Cernan and geologist/lunar module pilot Jack Schmitt spent 75 hours on the lunar surface (including a record 22 hours and 6 minutes EVA) snapping photographs and collecting samples.

Previously, aboard Gemini 9, Cernan had been the second American to walk in space, logging 2 hours and 10 minutes EVA. His subsequent Apollo 10 flight was considered the dress rehearsal for the later Apollo 11 mission (in which a lunar landing finally occurred). Cernan is also remembered for his assistance in the planning, development, and evaluation of the joint U.S./U.S.S.R. Apollo-Soyuz mission. Captain Cernan has logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space.

In 1976 Cernan retired from the Navy and NASA to work for Coral Petroleum. He later started his own consultation company, The Cernan Corporation. More recently he became Chairman of the Board for Johnson Engineering, the company which handles flight crew systems development for NASA's Johnson Space Center. He has been a frequent co-anchor of ABC-TV's Space Shuttle coverage.

Cernan has received a number of honors and awards including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and induction into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame. Cernan's account of his final voyage is captured in his book The Last Man on the Moon (1999), co-authored with journalist Don Davis.

Wife: Jan Nanna Cernan (three daughters)

    High School: Proviso Township High School, Maywood, IL
    University: BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University (1956)
    University: MS Aeronautical Engineering, US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

    Association of Space Explorers
    Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    Loyal Order of Moose Bellwood, IL Lodge 777
    National Aviation Hall of Fame
    Visited Disneyland (1969)
    Walked on the Moon 11-Dec-1977
    Slovak Ancestry

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    In the Shadow of the Moon (19-Jan-2007) · Himself
    For All Mankind (Jan-1989) [VOICE]


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