Eugene Cernan – The man on the moon who never forgot his Slovak roots

1974 visit to ancestral home posed problems for communist regime.

Eugene Cernan on the Moon.Eugene Cernan on the Moon. (Source: NASA)

Almost exactly 50 years ago, on December 7, 1972, a Saturn V rocket blast off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying the crew of the Apollo 17 mission, including Eugene Cernan.

A captain in the US Navy, Cernan went into space three times and became famous as the last man to walk on the moon.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

The space programme that allowed Cernan and eleven other people to walk on the moon, was hailed by American leaders as a triumph for the country during the Cold War, displaying its technological might and its determination to reach any goal it set, no matter how great the challenge was.

But while a proud American, Cernan had Slovak roots – roots he never forgot, even if the communist authorities of the time seemed determined to.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

Actress Vica Kerekes portrays chambermaid Liza in the film "Slúžka" (Chambermaid).

Weekend: First Slovak movie to portray queer couple airs

Hike up to the calavary, learn more about love and get ready to watch the comet.


3. feb
A march against hatred in Bratislava on October 17, 2022.

Aggression is on the rise, say more than half of Slovaks

Women perceive the increase in aggression more than men.


3. feb
Former interior minister Robert Kaliňák

News digest: Former three-time interior minister charged again

First Slovak movie to portray queer couple airs, people feel aggressiveness is on the rise. Learn more in today's digest.


3. feb
Illustrative stock photo

It's not just whales and pandas that need saving, Slovak researchers stress

How far has science come in Slovakia in the 30 years since the end of Czechoslovakia?


31. jan
SkryťClose ad