Cernan, Gene

Card inscribed & signed by the 12th, and last, Moonwalker

Price: $95.00

Description:
(1934-2017) Navy aviator, engineer, NASA astronaut. On Apollo 17, 12th and last person to walk on the Moon. Went into space 3 times: Gemini 9A Pilot, 1966; Apollo 10 Lunar Module Pilot, 1969; Apollo 17 Commander, 1972, final Apollo lunar landing. He was a backup crew member for Gemini 12, Apollo 7, & Apollo 14 missions. Cernan was in NASA's 3rd group of astronauts in 1963 for Gemini and Apollo missions. Selected as backup pilot for Gemini 9 with Tom Stafford, when the prime crew was killed in a 1966 airplane crash, they became the prime crew. Gemini 9A encountered several problems; the original target vehicle exploded during launch, and docking with a substitute target vehicle became impossible by a protective shroud failing to separate after launch. However, the crew performed a rendezvous simulating procedures to be used in Apollo 10: 1st optical rendezvous; and a lunar orbit abort rendezvous. Cernan performed the 2nd US EVA (3rd ever), but overexertion due to lack of limb restraints prevented testing of the AMU and forced an early end to the spacewalk. He was a backup Pilot for Gemini 12. He was chosen Apollo 10 Lunar Module Pilot, final dress rehearsal mission for the 1st Apollo lunar landing, May 1969. During the mission, Cernan and Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford piloted the Lunar Module Snoopy in lunar orbit to within just 8 1/2m of the surface, successfully executing every phase of a lunar landing up until final powered descent. His role as Commander of Apollo 17 closed out the Apollo program's lunar exploration mission with a number of record-setting achievements. Cernan and Schmitt performed 3 EVAs exploring the Taurus-Littrow valley and covered over 22m with the Lunar Rover collecting 75lbs. of geologic samples. Cernan was one of only 3 humans (Lovell & Young) to travel to the Moon twice, one of only 12 moonwalkers. In 1976, Cernan retired from the Navy and from NASA. Orbital ATK named its Cygnus CRS OA-SE Cargo Delivery Spacecraft "S.S. Gene Cernan" in Oct. 2017, successfully launched to the International Space Station Nov. 12, 2017. Autograph sentiment ("best wishes from the last man on the moon”), signed on a 3 x 5 white card, adding "Apollo XVII".

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed card






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