Captain Gene Cernan

CAPTAIN GENE CERNAN USN (Ret.)

During 20 years as a Naval Aviator, including 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Captain Eugene A. Cernan left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as the Pilot of Gemini IX, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, and the Commander of Apollo XVII.  After flying to the moon not once, but twice, he also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last man to have left his footprints on the lunar surface.

 Captain Cernan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1956 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Post Graduate School in 1963.  Among his numerous honors, the most significant are the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with Star, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the FAI International Gold Medal for Space, induction into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame, enshrinement into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and Naval Aviation’s Hall of Honor.  Captain Cernan was awarded NASA’s first Ambassador of Exploration Award, and he recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the 2007 Lindbergh Spirit Award presented only every five years.

Captain Cernan has recently authored the book, “THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON.”


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