In this recently compiled panorama of lunar photographs originally taken by astronaut Eugene Cernan, the desolation of the barren Moon is apparent, with lunar rocks in the foreground, lunar mountains in the background, some small craters, a lunar rover, and astronaut Harrison Schmidt on his way back to the rover. A few days after this image was taken, humanity left the Moon and has yet to return.
When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story. Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, 'If you think going to the moon is hard, try st...
Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater - In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead.
On Dec. 14, 1972, Apollo 17 Cmdr. Eugene Cernan climbed from the moon's dusty surface up the rungs of the Lunar Module ladder, entered his spacecraft and began the journey back to Earth. Almost 40 years later, he still finds it strange to have been the last man on the moon.