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Eugene Cernan

Cernan was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 14, 1934, son of a Slovak father and a Czech mother. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1956 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval ... See full bio »

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Capt. Eugene Cernan | Capt. Gene Cernan | Captain Gene Cernan | Cmdr. Gene Cernan | Eugene A. Cernan | Gene Cernan


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[about gravity on the Moon] There have been a number of people in zero gravity, but only 12 people have ever experienced one-sixth gravity. It's a totally different world. I love one-sixth gravity. If I could turn Earth gravity into one-sixth gravity, I would! See more »


For the launch of Apollo 17, by sundown on Dec. 6, 1972, about 700,000 people had gathered to witness the historic launch. More than fifty of Cernan's personal friends were there by invitation, including celebrities such as John Wayne, Connie Stevens, Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Dinah Shore, Johnny Carson, and Eva Gabor. See more »

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