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Eugene Cernan Remembered: Photos of the Last Man on the Moon

Apollo 17 Command Module


The surface of the moon is seen reflected on the America command module during Cernan's 1972 Apollo 17 moon landing mission.

Cernan Moon Dust Sketch


The effect of dust around the moon was seen by Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan, who sketched this image of the dust glow during a lunar sunrise, in 1972.

A Nighttime Moon Shot

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

The launch of Apollo 17 was actually NASA's first nighttime launch of a Saturn V rocket.

Liftoff for Apollo 17


Cernan launched on the Apollo 17 mission, the last crewed moon landing of the 20th Century, on Dec. 7, 1972 at 12:33 a.m. EST.

Return to Earth


Cernan returned to Earth with the Apollo 17 crew on Dec. 19, 1972, splashing down 648 kilometers (350 nautical miles) southeast of American Samoa.

Earth to Apollo 17


Here's a view of Earth that Cernan and his Apollo 17 crewmates Harrison Schmitt and Command Module Pilot Ron Evans.

Apollo 17 on the Pad


A view of Cernan's Saturn V moon rocket on the launchpad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission in December 1972.

The Apollo 17 Crew


Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan poses with his crewmates, lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt and command module pilot Ron Evans, ahead of their December 1972 launch to the moon.

Practicing for Moon Walks


Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt take part in a simulated moonwalk on Earth to rehearse the tasks they performed on the lunar surface. Here, Schmitt is scooping up a "sample" of simulated moon dirt while Cernan stands nearby.

Cernan and Film Crew

Mark Stewart Productions

Gene Cernan (center) with "The Last Man on the Moon" film crew at his ranch in Texas.

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