Chris Salcedo talks about the recent death of Eugene Cernan, a political conservative and the author of a book about his final moon mission titled “The Last Man on the Moon.” He was an early NASA astronaut and the last man to set foot on the moon. Cernan was 82 years of age at his death and was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972.
"The last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights, Cernan stepped out of the lunar module Challenger, he became eleventh person to walk on the moon," Chris says.
Chris explains that his lunar pilot, Jack Schmidt, was the twelfth man to step foot on the moon, but due to Cernan being the commander of the mission, he was the last to re-enter the lunar module marking him as the last man to take steps on the moon.
"His words would not become as famous as Neil Armstrong's sentence but here's what he said; 'That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17,'"