Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the surface of the Moon, passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
The famed astronaut passed away in a Houston hospital surrounded by family. The family of Eugene Cernan stated he was suffering from ongoing health issues, however, additional details regarding his cause of death were not immediately available.
“We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon,” NASA said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space and encouraged our nation’s leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon,” the family said in a statement.
Eugene Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected for NASA’s third astronaut class in 1963. His first spaceflight occurred in 1966 as pilot of the Gemini 9 mission, alongside Commander Thomas P. Stafford. Cernan went on to assume the role of lunar module pilot for Apollo 10, the mission which served as a dry run for the first Moon landing.
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