Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Cernan Captain Cernan was one of only three people to go to the Moon twice and the last man to leave a footprint on the lunar surface in 1972. The final words he spoke there were: "We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind." He was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission at the time. Cernan had travelled into space twice before that - in 1966 and 1969. A qualified naval aviator, he was selected into the third group of Nasa astronauts in 1963. He retired in 1976, going into private business and contributing to US television channels on a variety of issues. Cernan also produced a documentary film about his life, which he discussed at length in this BBC interview in 2014. Cernan was born on 14 March 1934, in Chicago. APOLLO 17 Facts Lunar Module: Challenger Command and Service Module: America Crew: Eugene A. Cernan, commander Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot Launch: December 7, 1972 05:33:00 UT (12:33:00 a.m. EST) Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A Landing Site: Taurus-Littrow (20.18N, 30.76E) Landed on Moon: December 11, 1972 19:54:57 UT (02:54:57 p.m. EST) EVA Duration: 22 hours 4 minutes ( EVA 1: 7 hr 12 min, EVA 2: 7 hr 37 min., EVA 3 ended at 05:40:56 GMT on December 14.) Lunar Surface Traversed: 30 kilometers Moon Rocks Returned: 110 kilograms LM Departed Moon: December 14, 1972 22:54:37 UT (5:54:37 p.m. EST) Time on Lunar Surface: 74 hr. 59 min. 40 sec. [19:54:57 UT December 11, 1972 - 22:54:37 GMT December 14, 1972] Returned to Earth: December 19, 1972 splashdown at 19:24:59 UT (2:24:59p.m. EST) Mission Duration: 301 hr. 51 min. 59 sec. Retrieval site: Pacific Ocean 17° 53' S, 166° 7' W Retrieval ship: U.S.S. Ticonderoga Special Payload: Third mission with a lunar roving vehicle (LRV) that could transport two astronauts. The LRV could also carry tools, scientific equipment, communications gear, and lunar samples. Highlights/Notes: First geologist on lunar surface. Longest LRV traverse on a single EVA. Greatest amount of lunar samples returned to Earth.