One can truly say that we have now passed out of perhaps the golden age of space flight . Apollo 17 Commander and the last man to stand on the moon, Gene Cernan, died today at the age of 82.
This is upsetting me more than it should. So few people were interested in the moon landings by that time that they canceled the remaining three missions. There where 35 astronauts waiting for their chance to go.
I guess the news isn’t a complete disaster. There are still 6 astronauts alive who walked on the moon.
Cernan, the 2nd American to spacewalk, taught NASA a great lesson on Newton’s 3rd law. Modifications were made after his failed mission. (His heart rate was 170 BPM after they tasked him to do a simple building project outside the capsule.)