Last Man on the Moon portrays Commander Eugene Cernan. He was not the first man to step on the moon, but he was the last. On December 14, 1972, he became the 12th man in human history to stand on the lunar surface, and nobody has been there since.
Mankind has planted only six flags on the surface of moon and all of them are the stars and stripes. On December 14, 1972, Apollo XVII Commander Eugene Cernan became the last human being to stand on the lunar surface. Cernan, our flag and mother Earth, a distant 240,000 miles away, sum up the accomplishments of the Apollo program in Alan Bean’s “The Last Man on the Moon.”
“There were a total of twelve of us who got to explore another world as representatives of the people of the United States of America.” As Gene Cernan had said a few minutes earlier, ‘We’d like to uncover a plaque that has been on the front leg of our spacecraft . . . I’ll read what it says . . . Here man completed his first exploration of the moon, December 1972 A.D. May the spirit of peace in which we come be reflected in the lives of all mankind.’”
Astronaut Jack Schmitt, his partner on the moon, would say, “Humankind has started to do something that they have never done before. They have gone somewhere they have never been before, and shown they could live there. That is an exciting thing.”
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