Thursday, December 13, 2012
Apollo 17: Last Human Moments on Moon
"I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17." - Apollo 17 Astronaut Eugene Cernan (December 13, 1972)
Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan was recently asked what was going through his mind as he stepped on the ladder to return to Earth from the Moon. Cernan said, "I physically hesitated, asking what the meaning of the last three days was - not just to me, but to all who would follow, and not just technologically but philosophically, spiritually. I didn't have an answer then, and I don't now."