He wrote a book about his experiences in the Apollo program titled "The Last Man on the Moon."
His total amount of time spent in space is twenty-three days, fourteen hours, and fifteen minutes.
He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois.
He received the Slovak World Recognition Award and the Slovak Presidential Medal of Honor.
During his career as a Navy pilot he made over 200 aircraft carrier landings.
He started his own company, called "The Cernan Corporation" in 1981, which does consulting in the energy, aerospace, and related industries.
He has frequently worked as co-anchor for ABC-TV's broadcasts of space shuttle activities.
He has three daughters and one grandchild.
He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
He has an M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
His family name was originally pronounced "Churn-yan" although he now uses the anglicized pronunciation "Sir-nan".
He is the last man to have walked on the moon based on the fact that, as mission commander, he remained on the surface when astronaut Harrison Schmitt entered the lunar module after the final moon walk.
Prior to becoming an astronaut he was a Navy pilot.
Gene Cernan: As we leave the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. As I take these last steps from the surface for some time to come, I'd just like to record that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. Godspeed the crew of Apollo Seventeen.
He retired from both the Navy and NASA in 1976.
He graduated from Purdue University in 1956.
His mother was Czech and his father was Slovak.
He is one of only three men to go to the moon twice. He was lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, which orbited but did not land on the moon, and Commander of Apollo 17.