"Don't count yourself out - you never know what fate has in store." - Eugene Cernan, in 2016.
Eugene Cernan died yesterday, surrounded by his family. He was 82.
Didn't we just do this in December?
Sometimes, it is important to be last.
Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon.
What kind of man was he?
Eugene Cernan left his daughter's initial in the moon's dust before he climbed on board his ship for the return to Earth.
We study the first words spoken on the moon, by astronaut Neil Armstrong. But how many of us remember the last words? Quoting:
"...America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow,"
Cernan said. "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."
Except that we never did return. And, of the twelve men who walked on the moon, only six are left now.
Except that both peace and hope seem to be in short supply nowadays.
Except that few of us could dream of what happened to the space program. Americans can't even get into space on their own anymore. We have to pay the Russians.
It wasn't supposed to end like this.
The last of the original seven astronauts gone. Now, the last man to walk on the moon.
Day 17 of #blogboost the Ultimate Blog Challenge.