When Cernan stepped out from lunar module "Challenger" he became the 11th person to walk on the moon.
NASA has revealed that retired astronaut Eugene "Gene" Cernan, the last many to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82.
Cernan was a retired U.S. Navy Captain and one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He also served as the backup pilot for Gemini 12, as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 7 and as backup spacecraft commander for Apollo 14.
NASA announces last man to walk on moon has died
Apollo 17 was Cernan's third and final space flight.
"Apollo 17 built upon all of the other missions scientifically", Cernan told NASA in 2008 while recalling the mission.
Of this, more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the Moon. The circumstances of Cernan's passing are not clear at this time.