The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space
Eugene Cernan is a unique American who came of age as an astronaut during the most exciting and dangerous decade of spaceflight. His career spanned the entire Gemini and Apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man's last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17.
Between those two historic event...more
To get an idea of the stories of the individual flights of these programs it really pays to read the bios and autobios of those that flew them and this is no exception. You don't get to hear about Apollo 17 very often although it was one of the most suc ...more
Hiroshima and Viet Nam is just but two in thousands of incidences.
But that is not all of t ...more
The book's biggest surprise was Cernan's low opinion of Buzz Aldrin. To my knowledge, Cernan is the only astronaut to portray Aldrin as overrated--and I'm convinced there's some professional animosity behind it:
Cernan had serious problems on his Gemini 9A spacewalk, and he was damn lucky he even got ba ...more
He offers a frank thumbnail sketch of the early astronauts: the original Mercury 7, the “New Nine”, and his own group, “The Fourteen”, all of whom were his direct competition for mission slots. He speaks highly of most, but not all of his fellow astronauts; for instance, he is distinctly ...more
This is the autobiography of Eugene Cernan, the commander of the last Apollo lunar mission--of his entire life, but with special emphasis (understandably!) on the development of the American space program. He recounts his early life that led him through engineering and military training, describes how he became involved with the space program, and his efforts with (and sometimes against) it. He gives personalities ...more
If you have a long night drive ahead--preferably one with a sky full of stars and a big moon--I can't say enough good things about his book "The Last Man On The Moon." The audio version is far better than the paper, because he reads it. You can hear the pride ...more
In my mind, the Apollo program is one of mankind's greatest achievements. In less than a decade we went from just getting a man into space to sending them to the moon and back - something we have not matched in the over-forty years since.
Getting to hear about the space program from the perspective of one of the astronauts was amazing. I have watched interviews and dramatizations such as From the Earth to the Moon, but hearing it in Gene's own words, with his p ...more
I started to say "interested in Apollo", but this book has plenty of material on Gemini, and the US space program in general, from the time Cernan joined it in 1963. In fact, Gemini 9 and his tortured space walk might be the best-told part of the book. The accounts of Apollo 10, circling the moon, and 17, walking and driving there, are maybe less sharp, but certainly also worth it.
His early experiences as ...more
I received this book as a gift from my parents in grade 8 or 9, and for whatever reasons it sat unread on my bookshelf for twenty-one years. After running out of books to read during the Coronapocalypse, I finally decided to read it.
The Last Man on the Moon is part memoir of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last person, to date, to set foot on Earth's moon; and part history of the golden age of America's space program. Overall, this was such a timely and fascinating read, except for the occasiona ...more
tracks his military and NASA career, his family life and the various Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions
there are some references to the underlying social changes happening, but mostly insulated in the his right-stuff world
really get a sense of the tension of the space race and the competition between the astronaut candidates
seems to be an honest account, not always flattering to himself, in ...more