Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies

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21st November 1972: NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, Commander of the Apollo 17 lunar mission, draws the names of Lyndon D. Long and Elizabeth K. Tanner to represent the US on the International Youth Science Tour. Long and Tanner were picked from among the many students who proposed experiments to be flown on the first Skylab mission in 1973. Captain Cernan is at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Countdown Demonstration Test, a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 17 mission. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)

(CNN) – Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday.

He was 82.

“We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon,” the US space agency said on Twitter.

Cernan was one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He served as as spacecraft commander of Apollo 17, the last scheduled manned mission to the moon for the United States. The mission launched on December 6, 1972 and returned on December 19.

The mission established several new records for manned space flight, including longest manned lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes), and longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 6 minutes).