New York: Retired United States Navy officer and a former NASA astronaut Eugene Andrew Cernan has revealed that he had left his camera on Moon surface 40 years back on 7 December, 1972. He has also expressed hope that it would be collected by the astronauts who will descend on the surface of moon in future.

Speaking ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 launch, the astronaut also claimed that the camera is still there exactly where it was left with its lens pointing out into space.

He had been into space three times: As pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966; as lunar module pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969; and as commander of Apollo 17 on 7 December, 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing.

Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, also expresses displeasure that after 1972 no mission was executed to send any human on the lunar surface. NASA’s budget began to decline and three further missions planned to follow Cernan’s crew were scrapped, bringing an end to the ‘golden age’ of space flight.

The 78-year-old retired Navy officer said that astronauts will land on Mars by the end of this century.

(JPN/Bureau)

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