|Eugene Andrew Cernan
record-setting space walker and last man on the
Born March 14, 1934, in
Married To Jan Nanna
Children three daughters
Proviso Township High School, Maywood,
Bachelor of Science in Electrical
Engineering Purdue University, 1956
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Honorary Doctorate of Law
Western State University College of Law, 1969
Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Purdue
University, 1970; Drexel University, 1977; Gonzaga
Received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program
at Purdue, and entered flight training upon graduation.
Attack Squadrons 26 and 112 at the Miramar, California,
Naval Air Station.
Subsequently attended the Naval Postgraduate School.
Selected as an astronaut in October 1963.
Pilot of Gemini IX, June 3-6,
With Command Pilot Tom Stafford.
Used three different techniques to effect rendezvous with
the previously launched Augmented Target Docking Adapter.
The second American to walk in space, he logged two hours
and ten minutes outside the spacecraft in extravehicular
activities, setting a record.
Cernan aboard Gemini IX
Backup Pilot for Gemini XII.
Backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo VII.
Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, May 18-26, 1969.
This was the first comprehensive lunar-orbital
qualification and verification flight test of an Apollo
Joined by Thomas P. Stafford (Spacecraft Commander) and
John W. Young (Command Module Pilot).
Backup Spacecraft Commander for Apollo XIV.
Spacecraft Commander of Apollo XVII, December 6-19,
The last scheduled manned mission to the Moon for the
Began with the first ever manned nighttime launch.
Joined by Ronald Evans (Command Module Pilot) and
Harrison H. "Jack" Schmidt (Lunar Module
The mission established several new records for manned
space flight that include: longest manned lunar landing
flight (301 hours 51 minutes); longest lunar surface
extravehicular activities (22 hours 6 minutes); largest
lunar sample return (an estimated 249 lbs.); and longest
time in lunar orbit (147 hours 48 minutes).
Had the privilege and distinction of being the last man
to have left his footprints on the surface of the Moon.
Was also one of only two men to have flown to the Moon on
two separate occasions.
Cernan aboard the Lunar Landing Module
Cernan during his third Moon walk
Became Special Assistant to the Program Manager of the
Apollo spacecraft Program at the Johnson Space Center in
Acted for the program manager as the senior United States
negotiator in direct discussions with the USSR on the
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Retired from both the Navy and NASA on July 1, 1976.
Joined Coral Petroleum, Inc., of Houston, Texas, as
Executive Vice President-International.
In September 1981, he established The Cernan
Corporation, to pursue management and consultant
interests in the energy, aerospace, and other related
Chairman of the Board of Johnson Engineering
Corporation, which has supported NASA in the design of
crew stations for Space Shuttle, Spacelab, Space Station,
Lunar Base, and Mars Outpost.
American Astronautical Society
Phi Gamma Delta (National Social Fraternity)
Sigma Xi (National Science Research Society)
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Society)
Honors and Awards
two NASA Distinguished Service Medals
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
JSC Superior Achievement Award
two Navy Distinguished Service Medals
Navy Astronaut Wings
Navy Distinguished Flying Cross
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special
Trustees Award (1969)
Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Space Medal
Cities of Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York
VFW National Space Medal in 1973
Daughters of The American Revolution Medal of Honor
Induction into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame
Challenger Center's "Salute to the U.S. Space
Slovak World Recognition Award
Slovak Presidential Medal of Honor
Johnson Space Center www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/cernan-ea.html
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