Documentaries about the Apollo moon landings have been around for a while. They range from 1989’s “For All Mankind” to the more recent 2005 3D film “Magnificent Desolation.” Each of these films attempted to capture the entirety of the Apollo program. Universe Today reported on Tuesday that the trailer for a new film, “The Last Man on the Moon,” has just been released.
The film, directed by British film maker Mark Craig, makes a different approach to Apollo in that is focuses on just one of its participants, Gene Cernan. Cernan flew on the Apollo 10 practice mission to the moon in April, 1969. He commanded the Apollo 17 moon landing mission and acquired the melancholy title of the last man on the moon, something that to his consternation he has kept for over 40 years. Cernan and some family members appears in the movie. Some of the other Apollo era astronauts are depicted by actors.
A release date for the 99 minute documentary has not been set yet. “The Last Man on the Moon” has had some advanced screenings to highly favorable receptions. The next showing scheduled as of this writing will take place June 6, 2014, at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival.
Cernan had flown on two Gemini missions before he flew to the moon during the Apollo program. Since then he has been in private business and has been seen from time to time in the media as a space commentator. More recently, Cernan, along with the late Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, testified before Congress in opposition of President Obama’s cancellation of the Constellation return to the moon program.
The first words spoken by a man standing on the lunar surface are well known. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It fell to Cernan to speak the last words spoken by a human being while standing on the moon. They were appropriately poetic and somewhat poignant.
“I’m on the surface and as I take man’s last steps from the surface, back home, for some time to come, but we believe not too long into the future. I’d like to just list what I believe history will record, that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”