Retired Astronaut Gene Cernan Dead at 82

Audio clip:

The last man to walk on the Moon has died. Gene Cernan was 82.

FOX's Eben Brown has more:

Gene Cernan was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission in December of 72.

(Cernan) "Three, two, one, ignition!... We're on our way, Houston!"

And as the last person to step back into the spacecraft, he was the last human to date to have his feet on the lunar surface.

Eugene Cernan was born in 1934 and became a naval aviator before being picked for NASA. He flew aboard Gemini 9 and was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10, which was a dry run for the mission that brought the first men to the moon. He logged more than 560 hours in space before retiring from NASA.

Eben Brown, FOX News.

Follow Eben Brown on Twitter: @FOXEbenBrown
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX'S MITCH DAVIS & CERNAN FROM 2009