Eugene Cernan, 82, former captain of the U.S. navy and the last man to walk on the moon, passed away on January 16, 2017. He has gone on space explorations thrice and landed multiple times on the moon. Cernan became an integral part of history when Apollo 17 became the “longest lunar landing flight,” recorded the “longest lunar surface extravehicular activities,” and retrieved the “largest lunar sample return” after staying the “longest time in lunar orbit.”
Eugene Cernan Facts
Cernan was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 14, 1934. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood. Then he went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1956. He also possessed a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
NASA handpicked Cernan along with 13 others in 1963, reported NASA. He went on to co-pilot Gemini 9 on a three-day flight in June 1966. During the exploration, he logged many hours outside the orbiting capsule.
Also, he descended within eight nautical miles of the moon’s surface while acting as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10. After serving in the U.S. navy and NASA for 20 years, Cernan retired on July 1, 1976. He then set up his own private business and worked as a television commentator for space shuttles launches.
Eugene Cernan Net Worth
He held a net worth of $5 million, reported Celebrity Net Worth. Cernan was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. His last words as he left the surface of the moon were, “America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Cernan left behind a big family. He is survived by his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, his daughter Tracy Cernan and son-in-law Marion Woolie. Adding to that are stepdaughters Kelly Nanna Taff and husband Michael, and Danielle Nanna Ellis and nine grandchildren. His family announced the demise with a heavy heart. Ill health during his later years was cited as the cause behind his death.
“It is with very deep sadness that we share the loss of our beloved husband and father,” said Cernan’s family, according to NASA. “Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”