Last Man on Moon Landed 40 Years Ago
Eugene Cernan, a Purdue Univ. alumnus and the most recent person to walk on the moon, stepped out of the lunar lander 40 years ago today. Cernan was commander of Apollo 17, which blasted off from Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 7, 1972. The lunar module touched down on the moon at 2:55 p.m. Eastern time Dec. 11.
The Purdue alumnus performed three moonwalks, exploring the barren landscape in a lunar rover, collecting about 250 pounds of soil samples and moon rocks, and taking scientific measurements.
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