Prisimenant Eugene Cernan

Astronautas Eugene Cernan (1934-2017), erdvėlaivio Apollo 17 vadas ir paskutinis žmogus vaikščiojęs Mėnulyje, mirė sausio 16 dienos vakarą.
NASA administratorius Charles Bolden prisiminė ne tik jo pasiekimus JAV Kariniame Jūrų laivyne ir NASA, bet ir E. Cernan norą skatinti moksleivius „išdrįsti svajoti ir tirti“.

Per vienų išėjimų ant Mėnulio paviršių, gruodžio 14 dieną, Apollo 17 misijos vadas Eugenijus A. Cernan pastebėjo, kad astronautai atvyko „su taika ir viltimi visai žmonijai.“

This week in 1972, Apollo 17, the final crewed lunar-landing mission, launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The scientific mission, which included three days on the lunar surface, was the third to employ the Lunar Roving Vehicle that was developed and managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. From left, astronauts Harrison Schmitt, Eugene Cernan and Ronald Evans are photographed with a lunar rover trainer and the mission's Saturn V rocket, which was also developed and managed by Marshall. Today, Marshall is developing NASA's Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built that will be capable of sending astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars. The NASA History Program is responsible for generating, disseminating and preserving NASA’s remarkable history and providing a comprehensive understanding of the institutional, cultural, social, political, economic, technological and scientific aspects of NASA’s activities in aeronautics and space. Image Credit: NASAErdvėlaivio Apollo 17 ekipažas (iš kairės) astronautai mokslininkas Harrison Schmitt, vadas Eugene Cernan ir  valdymo modulio pilotas Ronald Evans fotografuojasi prie Mėnulio automobilio Saturn V nešančiosios raketos fone. NASA nuotrauka

The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 17 (Spacecraft 114/Lunar Module 12/Saturn 512) space vehicle is launched from Pad A., Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 12:33 a.m. (EST), Dec. 7, 1972. Apollo 17, the final lunar landing mission in NASA's Apollo program, was the first nighttime liftoff of the Saturn V launch vehicle. Aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft were astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander; astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot; and scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot. Flame from the five F-1 engines of the Apollo/Saturn first (S-1C) stage illuminates the nighttime scene. A two-hour and 40-minute hold delayed the Apollo 17 launching. Photo credit: NASA

1972 metų gruodžio 7 naktį (vienintelis naktinis Apollo misijos startas) nešančioji raketa Saturn V su Apollo 17 erdvėlaiviu pradeda skrydį iš Kenedžio kosmoso centro. NASA nuotrauka The voyage of Apollo 17 marked the program’s concluding expedition to the moon. The mission lifted off after midnight on December 7, 1972 from Kennedy Space Center and touched down on the lunar surface on December 11. The crew spent almost 75 hours on the lunar surface, conducted nearly 22 hours of extravehicular activities (EVAs), and traveled almost 19 miles in the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV).  During lunar lift-off on December 14, Apollo 17 Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan remarked that the astronauts were leaving as they came, “with peace and hope for all mankind.” In this photo, taken during the second spacewalk on December 12, 1972, Cernan is standing near the lunar rover designed by Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Image Credit: NASA
Šioje nuotraukoje, per antrą išėjimą ant Mėnulio paviršiaus 1972 m. gruodžio 12 d., E. Cernan stovi šalia Mėnulio automobilio, sukurto Maršalo kosminių skrydžių centre Huntsville, Alabamos valstijoje. NASA nuotrauka
Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan drives the lunar roving vehicle during the early part of the first moonwalk at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The Lunar Module is in the background. Apollo 17 began on Dec. 7, 1972, with the first night launch in the history of America's human spaceflight program. A Saturn V rocket carrying Cernan, Schmitt, and Evans lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center lighting up the Florida skies en route to the moon. Four days later, Cernan and Schmitt touched down in the moon's Taurus-Littrow highlands. Image Credit: NASA/Harrison Schmitt

Apollo 17 misijos vadas Eugene Cernan vairuoja Mėnulio automobilį Taurus Littrow rajone, fone Mėnulio modulis. NASA/Harrison Schmitt nuotrauka

Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan is holding the lower corner of the American flag during the mission's first EVA, December 12, 1972. Photograph by Harrison J. "Jack" Schmitt

Misijos Apollo 17 vadas Eugene A. Cernan laiko JAV vėliavos kampą per pirmąjį išėjimą ant Mėnulio paviršiaus 1972 gruodžio 12 d. J. Harrison „Jack“ Schmitt nuotrauka


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