Hutchinson in Reno County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Man's Last Footsteps On The Moon
A man must rise above the Earth to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, and only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
Socrates (circa 399 BC)
On December 13, 1972, at 11:40:56 p.m. (CST), Apollo 17 Commander Eugene A. Cernan became the last person to leave a footprint in the lunar soil. Four days later, after a 500,000-mile round trip, Captain Cernan, along with crewmates Harrison "Jack" Schmitt and Kansan Ronald E. Evans, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. It was the conclusion of the Apollo lunar program and the end of what historians now describe as the greatest technological achievement in the history of mankind.
Backed by more than 400,000 dedicated workers, 25,000 companies and the will of an entire nation, 12 Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon during six missions between 1969 and 1972. Their scientific goal was to study and explore, but Apollo's legacy is much greater. It taught our nation - and the entire world - how to share a common dream. The Moon landings proudly proclaimed that our nation accepted no limits on what we could accomplish.
This statue of Astronaut Cernan leaving those final footsteps on another world should remind us that the continued advancement of mankind has forever been linked to the exploration of the unknown and the pushing of human
Since the crew of Apollo 17 left the moon in 1972, no human exploration beyond Earth orbit has been attempted. This statue is to forever remind each generation of its responsibilities to future generations. The universe anxiously awaits our arrival.
As I take man's last step from the surface...I'd like to 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...we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return,
with peace and hope for all mankind.
Captain Eugene A. Cernan, USN (Ret.)
Commissioned for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center through the generosity of John G. and Chris Harris.
July 16, 1998
Erected 1998 by John G. and Chris Harris, and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Location. 38° 3.905′ N, 97° 55.271′ W. Marker is in Hutchinson, Kansas, in Reno County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 North Plum Street, Hutchinson KS 67501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The University of Kansas Jayhawk (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Legend of Corky the Hornet (approx. 0.9 miles away); Victor E. Tiger (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gus Gorilla (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wildcat Evolution (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Story of WuShock (approx. 0.9 miles away); Citizens Bank (approx. 0.9 miles away); Whiteside Building (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hutchinson.
Also see . . .
1. The Apollo Space Program. (Submitted on January 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (Submitted on January 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. (Submitted on January 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Exploration • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.