On Dec. 17, 1972 Eugene Cernan of Bellwood, Illinois became the 12th and last human being to walk on the surface of the moon in the 20th Century. Here is how Gene described his adventure that day.
"I lowered my left foot and the thin crust gave way. Soft contact. There, it was done. A Cernan footprint was on the moon. I had fulfilled my dream. No one could ever take this moment away. I said, "As I step off at the surface of Taurus-Littrow, I'd like to dedicate the first steps of Apollo Seventeen to all those who made it possible." I called Houston: "Oh, my golly. Unbelievable." I felt comfortable, as if I belonged there. I was standing on God's front porch."