Twelve astronauts have walked on the moon, the last in 1972. Here are the names of those astronauts listed chronologically by the date of their walk.
|July 20, 1969—Apollo 11||Neil Armstrong|
|Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin|
|Nov. 19, 1969—Apollo 12||Charles (Pete) Conrad|
|Feb. 5, 1971—Apollo 14||Alan Shepard|
|July 30, 1971—Apollo 15||James Irwin|
|Apr. 21-23, 1972—Apollo 16||Charles Duke|
|Dec. 11-13, 1972—Apollo 17||Eugene Cernan|
Eugene Cernan was the last man to set foot on the moon. He and Schmitt left behind a plaque that reads: “Here Man completed his first exploration of the Moon, December 1972 A.D. May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind.” This was a companion to the plaque left by Armstrong and Aldrin on the first visit to the lunar surface: “Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.”
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