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Offline Allan F

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Gene Cernan dies
« on: January 16, 2017, 03:05:12 PM »
NASA has just made public, that Gene Cernan has died.
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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 03:25:10 PM »
Ah what a shame. I have had the privilege of shaking his hand and the honour of hearing him speak.

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 03:28:44 PM »
Sad to hear. I didn't know much about him till I read his book. Quite the guy to not take the easy way out offered by Shepard when it came to his helicopter crash.

RIP

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 03:52:31 PM »
Wasn't that Deke who told him to say that?

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 04:15:12 PM »
Wasn't that Deke who told him to say that?

Been awhile since I read it but I could have sworn it was Shepard because I seem to remember something about the icy stare Shepard was famous for during the exchange. I'll have to dig it out and take a look unless someone else has it handy. Either way, he could have avoided a lot of embarrassing questions about it but his integrity wouldn't permit it.

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 04:28:21 PM »
I re-watched his documentary the other weekend and remarked just how vital and full of energy he was. What a sad loss.

Only six Moonwalkers left. How sad.  :(


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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 04:57:48 PM »
Sad. Didn't quite make it to his 45th anniversary.

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 06:45:43 PM »
Another legend bites the dust. I read his autobiography a while back, great read.


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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 07:47:33 PM »
I re-watched his documentary the other weekend and remarked just how vital and full of energy he was. What a sad loss.

Only six Moonwalkers left. How sad.  :(


Crashing to down to the right, RIP Gene.
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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 10:09:36 PM »
It's disappointing that he didn't live to see the title "last man on the moon" taken away from him. :(

He seemed to have so much energy. I hope I have half as much when I'm in my 80s.
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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2017, 11:36:42 PM »
I re-watched his documentary the other weekend and remarked just how vital and full of energy he was. What a sad loss.

Only six Moonwalkers left. How sad.  :(




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Offline Obviousman

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2017, 04:59:17 AM »
Re-read "Last Man on the Moon": it was Deke.

"So exactly when did the engine quit on you?"

"Like I said Deke, it didn't quit. I just screwed up."

I think you were getting confused with the fact that he said that he had always ragged on Al not to stumble in his preps for the mission. After Geneo crashed and got back to the crew quarters, he saw Al and said "Okay Al - you win. It's your flight".

Offline mako88sb

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2017, 05:05:21 AM »
Re-read "Last Man on the Moon": it was Deke.

"So exactly when did the engine quit on you?"

"Like I said Deke, it didn't quit. I just screwed up."

I think you were getting confused with the fact that he said that he had always ragged on Al not to stumble in his preps for the mission. After Geneo crashed and got back to the crew quarters, he saw Al and said "Okay Al - you win. It's your flight".

That must have been what I was thinking about. Good advice about re-reading his book. Might as well follow it with Deke's. Been awhile for both of them. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 07:08:22 AM »
Sad to hear. I didn't know much about him till I read his book. Quite the guy to not take the easy way out offered by Shepard when it came to his helicopter crash.

RIP

I learn something nearly everyday.  I didn't know he crashed a helicopter training for Apollo 14's back up role.  From what I did read last night, Mcdivitt wanted him grounded, taking away the commanders position in A17, but Slayton stood by him, probably because he manned up to the failure.
Truth needs no defense.  Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.
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Re: Gene Cernan dies
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2017, 08:28:58 AM »
Sad news, as such happenings always are.

I attended his talk in Canberra last year, and while I didn't think the whole special guest thing was quite worth the money I paid, it was still an honour to meet him.