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  • Last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, leaves behind a dying wish

    Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan, the last human to leave footprints on the moon, passed away today – but his family says his dying wish remains to be fulfilled. “Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space, and encouraged our nation’s leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the moon,” the family said in a statement released by NASA. The family statement said Cernan had been suffering from ongoing health issues. He died at a Houston hospital, surrounded by relatives. Cernan,… Read More

  • What It's Like to Escape Planet Earth

    Astronaut Kate Rubins is glad she was in space during the U.S. election season.

  • 9 Prominent Early Astronauts Carrying on US Space History

    With the passing of astronauts Gene Cernan and John Glenn, a bit more of space history fades

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  • A Japanese spacecraft has spotted a massive gravity wave in Venus’ atmosphere

    The Japanese probe Akatsuki has observed a massive gravity wave in the atmosphere of Venus. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on the Solar System’s second planet, but it is the largest ever recorded, stretching just over 6,000 miles from end to end. Its features also suggest that the dynamics of Venus’ atmosphere are more complex than previously thought.

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  • Japanese rocket suffers catastrophic failure

    Japan's ambitious plan to launch a pint-sized rocket equipped with a satellite has come to an abrupt end after the rocket suffered a communication failure and ended up plummeting back to Earth. The tiny rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center at approximately 8:30 on Sunday morning with its microsatellite payload which it hoped to send into orbit.  At first things seemed to be going rather well for the rather small rocket, which measured approximately 35 feet in length. The satellite it was carrying is also a miniature, at just over a foot in width. The rocket managed to cruise skyward and appeared to be working as intended, but Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency later revealed that the rocket and its satellite ended up in a water grave. The agency explained that communications with the rocket malfunctioned and one of its boosters didn't go off as planned. This caused the rocket to lose its momentum and fall back to Earth. Japan's mini rocket ended up somewhere in the Philippine Sea, making the mission a total loss. The launch had originally been scheduled for January 11 but was postponed several days due to windy conditions. As technology advances many space agencies from around the world are finding ways to make their satellites smaller and smaller, reducing costs and making it easier — in theory — to get them into orbit. In December, NASA released a video showing how its Pegasus XL rocket hauled several tiny satellites into space with the help of a highly modified jet airliner. That launch went much more smoothly than Japan's ill-fated effort, but setbacks are just part of the game.

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  • Remembering Eugene Cernan (40 photos)

    Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017. Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface. Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He piloted the Gemini 9 mission with Commander Thomas P. Stafford on a three-day flight in June 1966. Cernan logged more than two hours outside the orbiting capsule. In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander. The mission confirmed the performance, stability, and reliability of the Apollo command, service and lunar modules. The mission included a descent to within eight nautical miles of the moon’s surface. In a 2007 interview for NASA’s oral histories, Cernan said, “I keep telling Neil Armstrong that we painted that white line in the sky all the way to the Moon down to 47,000 feet so he wouldn’t get lost, and all he had to do was land. Made it sort of easy for him.” Full oral history interview with Eugene Cernan. Cernan concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of the last human mission to the moon in December 1972. En route to the moon, the crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, with an entire hemisphere fully illumnitated — a “whole Earth” view showing Africa, the Arabian peninsula and the south polar ice cap. The hugely popular photo was referred to by some as the “Blue Marble,” a title in use for an ongoing series of NASA Earth imagery. Apollo 17 established several new records for human space flight, including the longest lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes); longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 6 minutes); largest lunar sample return (nearly 249 pounds); and longest time in lunar orbit (147 hours, 48 minutes). On July 1, 1976, Cernan retired from the Navy after 20 years and ended his NASA career. He went into private business and served as television commentator for early flights of the space shuttle. (NASA) Here’s a look back. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr .    

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  • Sulfuric acid clouds on Venus hide a 'bizarre' anomaly that spans the entire planet

    Venus is hiding something very, very big. Every so often, a wave of hot air rises up from the...

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  • Remembering Gene Cernan

    Gene Cernan, a U.S. Navy captain, veteran of three spaceflights, and the last man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

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  • NASA looks into buying more Russian Soyuz trips to orbit … through Boeing

    NASA is considering a convoluted arrangement to reserve five more seats on Russian Soyuz capsules heading to and from the International Space Station, with the Boeing Co. as the middleman. The plan to reserve more trips to orbit would give NASA additional breathing room as it waits for Boeing and SpaceX to complete the development of their commercial space taxis. The first crewed test flights of those space taxis aren’t scheduled to occur until 2018. And in a procurement notice issued today, NASA acknowledged that they are “not expected to begin fully operational flights to the ISS until 2019.” NASA… Read More

  • Factbox: Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies at 82

    * In addition to being one of 12 men to walk on the moon, Cernan was the third person to walk in space, following Russian Alexei Leonov and American Ed White. Cernan spent two hours and seven minutes outside the Gemini 9 spacecraft on the 1966 mission but had to come in early because his helmet visor was fogging up due to exertion. Because the spacewalk was shortened, Cernan did not have a chance to test a new jetpack.

  • Gene Cernan, Last Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 82

    Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon, has died at age 82

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  • SpaceX rocket docks at San Pedro home port after successful mission

    The rocket booster that SpaceX successfully launched and recovered over the weekend in the Pacific Ocean arrived home in San Pedro at daybreak Tuesday. Dusted from head to toe with soot from its celestial trip, the nearly 160-foot-tall first-stage Falcon 9 spacecraft was parked on its landing barge across from Cabrillo Marina. A crane waited to move it off of the oceanic landing platform. • PHOTOS: SpaceX rocket booster returns via barge to Port of Los Angeles It’s the first SpaceX booster to be docked in San Pedro, but the company has parked its Dragon cargo-hold spacecraft previously along the Los Angeles waterfront. Gary Junken, who lives nearby, took photos as the sun rose over the ocean

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  • Astronaut Gene Cernan Didn't Just Go to the Moon, He Took Us All With Him

    Cernan had unique ability to convey the excitement of going into space.

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  • The Space Between Us: Biplane Runaway

    The Space Between Us: Biplane Runaway

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  • 'Last man on the moon' US astronaut Eugene Cernan dies aged 82

    Nasa astronaut Eugene Cernan, who was part of the Apollo 17 mission, has died at the age of 82. "We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon," said NASA in a statement. Cernan was part of the last flight bringing humans to the moon, aboard Apollo 17, which touched down on its surface in 1972.

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  • Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dead at 82

    US astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA and his family announced. Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 -- his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon -- in December 1972. "We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon," the US space agency said on Twitter.

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  • Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82

    Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon - an experience that he said made him "belong to the universe," died on Monday at the age of 82, the U.S. space agency said. Cernan, who was also the second American to walk in space, died surrounded by his family, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement without providing details. A separate statement from his family and released by NASA said his death came after "ongoing health issues." Cernan and fellow Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt became members of the most exclusive club in the universe on Dec. 11, 1972, when they stepped from their lunar landing module onto the moon's surface.

  • Last Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, Dies at 82

    The Commander of Apollo 17 left the last bootprints on the moon.

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  • The passing of Gene Cernan reminds us how far we haven’t come

    I was sitting with Apollo 7 veteran Walt Cunningham in his west Houston living room on Monday afternoon when his wife, Dot, stepped tentatively in. "I'm sorry for interrupting," she said. "But Gene's dead." She meant Eugene Cernan, the US Navy Captain who commanded Apollo 17 and the last person to walk on the Moon. He was 82 and had been ill for about six months. We took a moment to process this. Six of NASA's 12 Apollo Moonwalkers were now dead. The other six are in their 80s or older. And for Cunningham, this was personal. Cernan served as back-up to Cunningham as the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 7, the first flight of the Apollo capsule. Cunningham sighed. "I guess that's the way it is," he

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