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NASA veteran astronaut Gene Cernan has died at the age of 82 – he completed three space missions and walked on the Moon.

A captain in the US Navy, Cernan will be remembered for his three historic missions into space, Gemini 9A, where he became the second American to walk in space, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17, in which he became the last person to leave their footprints on the Moon.

He died at the age of 82 surrounded by his family with @NASA announcing the news on Twitter: “We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.” Gene Cernan: 1934 – 2017 �� | Bettmann/Getty Images »}}]}, « activity_counts »: null, « environment_switcher_visible_server_guess »: true, « show_app_install »: true, « static_root »: « //