Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan may be gone, but his footprints are still alive on the Moon. Some images captured by the U.S. space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that the Apollo 17 Commander’s footprints are still present there.

The footprints were left there in December 1972, when Cernan his crewmate Harrison Schmitt landed and walked on the Moon’s surface. The LRO images reveal that the snaking footprints of the two astronauts as well as the Apollo 17 tire tracks left in the lunar dirt haven’t faded away over the decades.

The LRO spacecraft has also spotted hardware left behind on the Moon during the mission, including the rover, the Apollo 17 descent stage called Challenger, a transmitting antenna, and the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package.

The car-size space probe has also captured similar images of all six Apollo landing sites on the Moon that are spread across a wide swath of the lunar surface.

Cernan, who holds the distinction of being the last person to walk on the Moon, died on Monday (Jan. 16) at age 82. While the cause of the renowned astronaut’s death wasn’t revealed, some reports suggested that he had been unwell for some time.

During the six landed Apollo missions, a total of twelve people walked on the Moon’s surface. Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set feet on the lunar surface in July 1969 and Cerman and Schmitt landed there three and a half years later.


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