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DavidH
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posted 12-09-2003 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depending on where you look, the last words spoken on the moon by Gene Cernan were either:
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. God bless the crew of Apollo 17.

Or:

America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow.

Why the discrepancy?

chet
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posted 12-09-2003 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This also raises the question, what qualifies as the last statement made on the moon? Would it be Cernan's last words before climbing back up the LEM's ladder, or whatever he said before he and Schmitt lifted off the lunar surface?

nasamad
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posted 12-09-2003 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a print with signed by Aldrin and Duke, saying first words from and to the moon, "Contact light, etc., etc."

If they qualify as the first then, any statement just before Apollo 17's lunar liftoff must qualify as the last.

chet
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posted 12-09-2003 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it depends what you go by.

Armstrong's "One small step"... are considered to be the first words spoken ON the moon, not the dialogue between Aldrin and Duke FROM the moon (their marketing claims notwithstanding). And let's not forget, too, that Armstrong was pretty chatty before he left the LEM footpad to step foot on the actual soil).

I'd go with Cernan's last words before he left the lunar soil as the definitive last words spoken ON the moon.

John K. Rochester
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posted 12-09-2003 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"America's challenge of today has forged mans destiny of tomorrow" comes right before the other segment "and as we leave the moon... peace and hope for all mankind. God speed the crew of of Apollo 17."

According to most, just before lunar liftoff, Gene turns to Jack and says "Let's get this mother out of here."

micropooz
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posted 12-09-2003 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When Cernan did his book tour several years ago and spoke here, he said the last words spoken on the moon were right before lunar liftoff when he said "Jack, let's get this mother out of here".

Pretty darned profound if you ask me

dss65
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posted 12-09-2003 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cernan showed his peculiar mastery of words more than once in his illustrious career as an astronaut. This has to be one of the best, though. Vintage Cernan, and vintage American 1972 — for better or for worse. I love it!

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