Cernan would become the last man to walk on the moon.
Last year I had the opportunity to speak with Cernan about that mission, and what the space program has done since then. Here’s what he had to say about the “honor” of being the last man on the moon.
It’s been almost 40 years since you left the moon. At the time did you think it would be at least that long before humans went back?
No. Early on, when I came back from the moon, I stood on my soapbox and I said, “We’re not only going back to the moon, we’re going to Mars by the turn of the century.” That gave me 27 or 28 years to be proven wrong. I was. For a long time our glass was half empty, until the Constellation program came along.