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Who was the last man on the Moon?

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon when he landed there on July 20th, 1969. Since that date, there have been a total of twelve people to land on the Moon in pairs. As Barbara Broccolli once said 'It says something that there are fewer actors who have played James Bond than there are men who have walked on the Moon.' Radio Times

No one will ever be able to take away the achievement of being the first man on the moon however the last man on the moon will always change. We've not been back to the moon since 1972 when Apollo 17 landed. The missions to the moon was ended after that. You can ignore Apollo 18 as that's a fictional horror film.

Donald J. Trump, the president of the Untied States at the time of writing announced in March that he plans to go back to the Moon by 2024. He plans to go one step further than before and establish a moon base by 2028. Whithe ouse

When the first returning astronaut touches down, the current last man on the moon will loose his title. He will keep the "last Apollo astronaut to step foot on the moon" title but not the bigger title.

No one holds the "Last Woman on the Moon" title as no woman has been to the moon. In the future, females will be going to the moon. The title of "First Woman on the Moon" is still up for grabs. The last mission to the moon was in 1972, the first American woman in space wasn't until 1983 with Sally Ride going up in the Space Shuttle Challenger.

By virtue of being the last person to climb back onto the Apollo 17 module, Eugene Cernen was the last person at present to step foot on the moon. Eugene Cernen was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission which landed on the moon on the 17th December and took off 75 hours later on the 19th December. On the moon, they collected rock samples and travelled round on a moon buggy. A replica moon buggy can be seen at the Kennedy Space Centre exhibition centre.

Eugene Cernen was twice wed, his first wedding was to a flight attendant at Continental Airlines and that marriage produced a daughter. The wedding was not to last and ended 19 years later in 1980. During that time, they had a daughter. After the divorce he would marry again and become a step-father to two girls. He passed away on January 16th, 2017 at the age of 82. Wiki

An interesting fact is that the computer that powers your Apple iPhone or Android phone is more powerful than the computers that got people to the moon. Computers were only really taking off during that time so they were always going to be no where near as powerful as they are today. The computer that will get man or woman to the moon will be more powerful than either the iphone or Android.

Apollo missions were political, the American wanted to get to the Moon before the Russians. Russia had already beaten the Americans to put the first animal, man and satellite into space. This was the first time that the Americans had beaten the Russians. Although the reason for the Apollo cancellation wasn't political, there was little enthusiasm for continuing. The Apollo project was expensive and that money could be best spent elsewhere.

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