The last man to walk on the moon visited Anchorage on Friday, and spoke with students enrolled in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Capt. Eugene Cernan, 80, was the invited speaker to help celebrate the ANSEP’s 20th anniversary. He told a group of students — ranging in age from middle school to college — about the importance of what he called “dreaming big,” and how that had impacted his own life.
“Dream the impossible, because the impossible can happen, it does happen,” Cernan said. “I went to the moon. What can’t you do in your life if you want to do it?”
Cernan has been to space three times. He was commander of the Apollo 17 and left the last footprints on the moon in December of 1972. He was also pilot of Gemini 9, and later served as the pilot of the lunar module for Apollo 10. He said he laments the fact that the U.S. has fallen so far behind in the “space game.”
Cernan said he enjoys talking to youth and encouraging them to reach high. He also said he was impressed by the students in the ANSEP program.