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Rest in Peace Eugene (Gene) Cernan

Eugene Cernan (March 14, 1934 – January 16, 2017) is being eulogized as the last man to walk on the moon, even as the Chinese expressed doubts last week about the American Apollo missions. China, through data collected by their Yutu moon rover, isn’t the first to raise the specter that we were duped by cold war influenced PR. 

Astronaut Eugnen (Gnen) Cerenan (wikipedia)
Astronaut Eugene (Gene) Cernan (wikipedia)

A video of 2001 A Space Odyssey film maker Stanley Kubrick coming clean on his role in the purported moon landing hoax has been floating around YouTube for two years or more, and other analysis points to multi-directional shadows as proof that Apollo video was shot on a professionally lit sound stage.

The potential hoax, Cernan’s death and prime time TV myth-busting counter arguments coalesce to mark this moment in history: the social media age cast against the fake news controversy at a time when the U.S. so recently legalized long-banned government propaganda.

Given all the players, it’s hard to know what’s what in this juicy, politically steeped controversy, but that shouldn’t stop us from remembering Gene Cernan as a great American figure. The true back-story – if it ever comes out – can never completely erode the heroic images embedded in the baby boomer era legacy. Goodbye, Gene Cernan.

 

Cernan Family statement to NASA:

“It is with very deep sadness that we share ‘the loss of our beloved husband and father.”

“Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”

“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.”

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