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The Last Man on the Moon

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It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie.

Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. Even more touchingly, he traced his daughter’s initials in the dust on the surface of the moon. He documented his story in the book “The Last Man on the Moon“, which is now turned into a film by the same name.

“As I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”

Take a look at this magnificent trailer.

I am quite excited for the film to be available. It seems “The Last Man on the Moon” will be released in the UK before the US. I’ve heard from other space enthusiasts who’ve had the opportunity to screen it, that it is as good, if not better, than the incredible “For All Mankind

The movie has a Facebook page and a twitter page where you can keep up with appearances by Gene and screenings of the movie.

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Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

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  1. 1. GLSheridan 8:01 am 06/25/2014

    I watched the trailer and the film looks like a good one and may hopefully bring the Moon back into focus. We seem to have forgotten about it, now that we’ve been there a few times. Yet wouldn’t it make a better launching place than Earth? No atmosphere and only 1/6 gravity. We could use it as a base instead of the Space Station. Next step – Mars

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