Eugene A. Cernan, who died on Monday at the age of 82, was the last of a dozen men to leave footprints on the moon. He did so almost 45 years ago.Here is a look at the 12 astronauts who walked on the lunar surface.
Mr. Armstrong became a global hero when he made “one giant leap for mankind,” a moment that symbolized human beings’ ability to reach the unreachable. Hundreds of millions of people watched on television as he then bounded like a kangaroo in low lunar gravity.
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin
Mr. Aldrin followed Mr. Armstrong out of the landing craft, becoming the second human to set foot on the moon. Later, he focused on a new destination, Mars, telling The New York Times Magazine that it was far more interesting. “It has seasons,” he said.
Charles (Pete) Conrad
In November 1969, Mr. Conrad spent seven hours and 45 minutes on the lunar surface, where he set up a nuclear generator to power experiments. He later said that walking on the moon had little impact on his life.