Written by Staff Writer
17 Jan, 2017 | 7:30 am
The last man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan, has died at the age of 82.
Cernan, who also was one of the first men to go on a spacewalk, died surrounded by his family, Nasa said in a statement without giving details.
In a statement, Cernan’s family said he passed away on Monday following ongoing health issues. They did not give any further details.
Captain Cernan was one of only three people to go to the Moon twice and the last man to leave a footprint on the lunar surface in 1972.
The final words he spoke there were: “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, of which more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon.
Twelve people have walked on the Moon, and only six of them are still alive today.
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