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am 17. Juni 2000
No disrespect to those other fine historians of astronautical endeavour - to the great Jim Lovell, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin or Wally Schirra - but this is the best, most literate, human and compelling book written about the US space program. Don Davis's brilliant guiding hand is in evidence throughout - the story is tautened like a tighrope - but Cernan's heart is never less than present and open and the reader is treated to a full-roundedness of character unlike any previous offering. There is no science-politics, damage-control or self-effacement here. Cernan postures himself as a competitive, often tunnel-visioned workaholic, a frontier American, determined to pull the ultimate prize of a moon walk, chronically overlooking the stresses and needs of his wife Barbara and daughter Tracy, while remaining ever sensitive and loving...This book is Homeric, and lingering. Its dramatic and insightful value goes beyond such issues as the Apollo 13 crises...
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am 21. Juli 1999
I have read a lot of books about the space program and I consider this to be the best I have ever read. Eugene Cernan depicts the horrendous Gemini 9 spacewalk, the Apollo 10 cursing, competition for seats on Gemini and Apollo flights, and the Apollo 17 moonwalk beautifully. As for the reader who gave the book 2 stars, I'd have to say he was being way too critical. Cernan describes the flight of Apollo 17 in a few pages? I believe he describes the mission in chapters 28, 29, and 30-depicting the lunar rover and ALSEP deployment, Jack Schmitt finding orange soil, and his feelings as he left the surface of the moon, among other things. It was a great book.
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am 20. September 1999
I cannot praise this book highly enough! It is both a tremendously exciting real-life adventure story and an often poignant account of the effects of long months and years of astronaut life on a marriage.
Eugene Cernan is best known as the commander of Apollo 17, and the last man to leave footprints on the surface of the Moon, but he flew on two earlier missions, Gemini 9 and Apollo 10, and was in the back-up crews of Gemini 12 and Apollo 14. His highly readable account took me back to my school-days when Apollo astronauts were walking on the Moon, but I have very few memories of Gemini and was fascinated by his description of life in a tiny two-man capsule with hardly enough room to stretch the legs. If you don't suffer from claustrophobia, Cernan's "spacewalk from Hell" will probably give it to you!
I thought I already knew most of what there is to know about the U.S. space programme in the 1960's and 70's, but this book told me things that had never occurred to me. I knew, for instance, that Cernan had been on the back-up crew for Gemini 9 and the prime crew for Gemini 12, but had actually flown Gemini 9 because the original crew had died in an air-crash. This gave Buzz Aldrin the opportunity to fly on Gemini 12, without which he would not have gone to the Moon on Apollo 11.
Even more intriguing was the determination shown by Cernan to command his own lunar mission, having been lunar module pilot on Apollo 10. He actually turned down the chance to walk on the Moon as Apollo 16 LM pilot, preferring to gamble on getting command of the next mission. It is all too clear from his account of events in 1971 that it was a gamble which nearly didn't pay off. With only one more Apollo crew to be allocated, NASA's chief concern was to send geologist Harrison Schmitt to the Moon. The choice of commander was less critical.
Of course he did get selected, but almost blew it when he injured a leg a few months before the mission.
Reading the book, I was slightly surprised how little space was given to Apollo 17, but I need not have worried. Cernan avoids making it a blow-by blow account of scientific experiments and rock gathering. This is a tremendously evocative description of a pilot who achieved his ultimate goal in flying and found himself exploring a new world. His sense of pride on saluting the U.S. flag and sense of accomplishment as he returned to Earth make this an exhilarating read.
I recommend "The Last Man on the Moon" to anyone with a sense of wonder who wants to know more about the great adventure of Apollo.
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am 24. Dezember 2009
Eugene Cernans Autobiographie ist die ehrlichste Autobiographie eines Astronauten die ich je gelesen habe. Er spricht auch offen über die Arbeitsbelastung die das Familienleben der Astronauten sehr belastete, dass die Zusammenarbeit mit Schmidt nicht einfach war und er recht wenig von den "Science Astronauten" hielt. Auch eine ausführliche Inspektion von Badenden Frauen die zum Absturz eines Helikopters führte bleibt nicht unerwähnt - und wie Deke Slayton trotzdem seine Karriere rettete. Das Buch gibt einen guten Einblick in den Arbeitsalltag der Astronauten und das NASA Programm von Gemini bis Apollo. Besonders ausführlich werden natürlich die drei Missionen erwähnt bei denen Cernan beteiligt war: Gemini 9A, Apollo 10 und 17.

Das Buch ist auch für deutsche Leser sehr lesenswert, die Sprache ist gut verständlich und es ist für diesen Preis angesichts des Umfangs ein echter Preisknüller.
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am 16. Januar 2013
Wir haben das Buch an einen Astronomen verschenkt und er war von dem Buch begeistert. Eugene Cernan ist etwas weniger bekannt als die anderen Astronauten und bietet noch einmal einen anderen Einblick in die Geschichte auch mit etwas kritischeren Tönen.
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am 24. Februar 1999
For those of us who watched the space program unfold in the 60's & 70's, this book will bring back some wonderful memories. For those who weren't around at that time, it's a wonderful first person tale of the trials and tribulations of our quest for the moon. Andy Chaiken whetted our appetites with "A Man on the Moon" and Tom Hanks gave us a wonderful 12 hours on HBO. Captain Cernan takes us back to the early days of Gemini and his spin on Gemini 9 [which really fascinated this reader] right through Apollo 17. Some of these stories have been told before in other books [some 25 years old], but it's refreshing to read them from Cernan's point of view. The ego-trips, the family problems, the wonder and the excitement are all there. I read this book with a smile on my face and, at times, a tear in my eye...as this book brought me back to a time when we knew all the astronauts by name and they were our heros during a very turbulent time in our history. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I think I'll read it again.
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am 29. August 2003
This book is right from the heart of Eugine Cernan - the commander of the last Apollo-Mission to the moon. The book takes you beyond outer space into the "inner space" and so you get an idea of the real feeling. I had also no idea, that the space program was so often close to disaster, that the astronauts had feelings of fear, are human and not greater than life. A great book from the golden area of space-travel.
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am 1. November 2014
Apollo 17 - das war die letzte Mondlandung. Das ist lange her. Eugene Cernan war der Kommandant dieser Mission und schreibt über 20 Jahre später aus der Rückschau seinen Lebensbericht. Der geneigte Leser erfährt, wo er hergekommen ist, wie er Astronaut wurde und wie er als Höhepunkt seiner Karriere zum zweiten Mal und letzter Amerikaner auf dem Mond gelandet ist. Dabei bleiben die politischen Verhältnisse (kalter Krieg, Space Race, Vietnam, Nixon, Studentenkrawalle) und seine familiäre Situation (Astronaut's wife, Terrorismus) nicht unerwähnt. Wie lebt ein Astronaut, wie wird er vermarktet, warum können die Testpiloten die Wissenschaftler nicht leiden, auch mal fliegen sollten? Die Rivalität unter den Astronauten - jeder will Geschichte schreiben ... . Der Mehrwert dieses Buches liegt in der Tatsache, dass der letzte Moonwalker auf die Erfahrungen aller vorausgegangenen Raumflüge aufbauen kann und man hier praktisch eine Geschichte der US-Raumfahrt bis zum Ende des Apollo-Programms zu lesen bekommt. Das ist auch heute noch hochinteressant. Das Buch ist lebendig geschrieben, es wird nichts beschönigt und es ist auch nicht zu "technisch". Jeder, der sich für die Raumfahrt interessiert, bekommt einen guten Gegenwert für seine Zeit und sein Geld. Vorkenntnisse sind NICHT erforderlich.

Englisch ist eine Fremdsprache für mich, aber ich bin gut. Ich konnte "Last Man On The Moon" flüssig lesen und halte dieses Buch für eine wertvolle Ergänzung zu Gene Kranz "Failure Is not an Option" bei der Aufarbeitung genau jenes Teil der Geschichte, den ich selber noch erlebt habe: Die Mondlandung (... als Kind mit meinen Eltern in Dänemark verpasst - und NIX versäumt!). Heute gibt es alles bei YouTube und in Farbe. 5 von 5 Sternen - ich empfehle dieses Buch. Danke.
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am 1. Juni 2000
Gene's book is a fine read, and being a voracious reader of all things space, even I was shocked to read of the danger encountered by the early astros on their Gemini EVAs. It's too bad that he doesn't get very personal with his thoughts -- what was it like to stand on the moon and look back? Maybe it's too difficult to convey in words.
But what makes me extremely angry is the way in which Congress and the administrations of LBJ to the present have put manned space exploration on the back burner. The '60's were heady days, we just didn't know it at the time. We now need a leader who can get us back into real exploration. Enough of this orbit-around-the-earth-in-the-boring-shuttle stuff. What a yawner! Get with it Congress -- give us our space program back.
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am 7. Mai 2000
The Last Man on the Moon is a great book that offers a great depiction of his three flights: Gemini 9 in 1965 with Tom Stafford, Apollo 10 in 1969 with Tom Stafford and John Young, and Apollo 17 in 1972 with Harrison Schmitt and Ron Evans. His narrative of the Gemini 9 mission is gripping, and it is one of the closest calls in the history of spaceflight. In May 1969 he traveled to lunar orbit and took the lunar module Snoopy down to within a few miles of the lunar surface in the final dress rehersal for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Finally, Cernan and Schmitt became the last men to walk on the moon to this date with the Apollo 17 flight in December 1972. Cernan is candid in his description of his flights and other historical missions such as Apollo 11 and Apollo 13, and offers some new information about the famous flights. He stays away from technical data, and devotes his time to telling a throughly ingrossing account of his three flights and the space race in general, with the feel of a story recalled among friends. Some of the reviewers here have said that Cernan does not spend a lot of time describing his moon landing, Apollo 17. Well, Cernan tells about the crew selection, training, the voyage outbound to the moon, and the three excursions to the Valley of Taurus-Littrow in the last few chapters. If you want to get more information regarding the scientific data obtained from Apollo 17, you should read "Exploring the Moon" or "To a Rocky Moon." And in the last chapter, Cernan devotes a lot of time to sentimental feelings about our future destiny in space and inspiring young people in this country to take up the challenge. Cernan has always attempted to unite the passion of future space explorers. When stepping off the lunar surface on Apollo 17, he said this, "As I step off the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, I'd just like to say what I believe history will record, that America's challenge of today will forge man's desiny for tommorow. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17." With that, he returned to the lunar module Challenger with his crewmate, professional geologist Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, and blasted off from Taurus-Littrow. And we haven't returned to the moon since.
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