Astronaut Eugene Cernan – the last man to walk on the moon – has died aged 82.
‘We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon,’ said NASA in a statement.
Details of his death were not immediately known.
Captain Cernan, a retired U.S. Navy captain, was the second American to have walked in space and was the commander of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon.
In December 1972, he had the distinction of being the ‘last man on the moon’ after he became the final astronaut to re-enter the Apollo Lunar Module. He was the last human being to leave his footprints on the moon surface.Apollo 17 Mission Commander Eugene Cernan pictured during the final manned mission to the moon, standing near the lunar rover and the US flag during a spacewalk on the moon in 1972.Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan (L) and scientist-astronaut Harrison H. ‘Jack’ Schmitt, photographed by the third crewmember Ronald Evans, aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft during the final lunar landing mission.He also held the unofficial lunar land speed record after recording a maximum speed of 11.2 mph during an Apollo 17 EVA.