Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Last Man Go Back to the Moon - and Get to Mars, Too

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Last Man Go Back to the Moon - and Get to Mars, Too

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The last man to leave the moon is no longer on Earth: Gene Cernan died Jan. 16 in Houston.

But the dream of space exploration lives. We must return to the moon. And as an expression of the American spirit, the Trump administration should seek to accelerate the mission to Mars.

As commander of Apollo 17, Mr. Cernan landed at the Valley of Taurus-Littrow - he later described it as "that spot just by the 'eye' " of the Man in the Moon - and wrote his daughter's initials in the dust. It was hard, he said in 2007, to leave the lunar surface. But he did leave, and he devoted much of his energies for the rest of his life to getting rid of the title of the last man.

In 2011, when the Obama administration had canceled the Constellation lunar program, Mr. …

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