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Who Walked On The Moon?

List of Apollo Astronauts Who Walked On The Moon

Of the 12 people who walked on the moon, only four are still alive to celebrate the 50th Anniversary year; Buzz Aldrin, Dave Scott, Charlie Duke and Jack Schmitt. The first man to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong on 21 July 1969. The last man who walked on the moon was Eugene Cernan – just three years, five months later. At the turn of the millennium Eugene said:

I’m still the last man to have walked on the moon, somewhat disappointing. It says more about what we have not done than about what we have done.

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Astronaut Moonwalk/s Mission H:M:S on Moon Born Died Famous Astronaut Quotes & Trivia #
Armstrong, Neil 21 July 1969 Apollo 11 21:31:20 5 Aug 1930 25 Aug 2012 Neil Armstrong was the first man who walked on the moon. Armstrong also flew on Gemini 8. On landing on the moon Armstrong famously said:

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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Aldrin, Buzz 21 July 1969 Apollo 11 21:31:20 20 Jan 1930 Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. Aldrin also flew on Gemini 12. Aldrin was the first person to urinate on the moon. Buzz Aldrin had the first conversation on the moon with Neil Armstrong:

Buzz Aldrin: Beautiful view
Armstrong replied: Isn’t it magnificent?
Buzz Aldrin replied “Magnificent desolation.

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Conrad, Charles Pete
  • 19 Nov 1969
  • 20 Nov 1969
Apollo 12 31:31:12 2 Jun 1930 8 Jul 1999 Pete Conrad was the third man to walk on the moon. Conrad also flew on Gemini 5, Gemini 11 and Skylab 4 missions. As Conrad stepped off the ladder onto the moon he said:

Oooh, is that soft and queasy then Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.

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Bean, Alan LaVern
  • 19 Nov 1969
  • 20 Nov 1969
Apollo 12 31:31:12 15 Mar 1932 26 May 2018 Alan Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon. Bean installed the first nuclear power generator station on the Moon. Bean also flew on the Skylab 3 mission. 4
Shepard Jr., Alan Al Bartlett
  • 5 Feb 1971
  • 6 Feb 1971
Apollo 14 33:30:29 8 Nov 1923 21 Jul 1998 Alan Shepard became the first American in space on 5 May 1961 aboard the Freedom 7 mission. Interestingly the Thunderbirds TV puppet show character Alan Tracy was named after him. Alan Shepard was the fifth man to walk on the moon and holds two other moon records:
  • Alan Shepard is the oldest man to walk on the moon, aged 47 years and 79 days.
  • Alan Al Shepard is the first man to the play golf on the moon.

After walking away from the lunar lander Alan Shepard said:

And it’s been a long way, but we’re here.

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Mitchell, Edgar Ed
  • 5 Feb 1971
  • 6 Feb 1971
Apollo 14 33:30:29 17 Sep 1930 4 Feb 2016 Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon, and the first to throw a javelin. After retiring from NASA in 1972 he set up the Institute of Noetic Sciences which conducts parapsychological research. On stepping onto the moon Ed Mitchell said:

I think they put Champagne in the water. On the return journey, which changed his life, he said: bliss, almost like being in love.

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Scott, David Dave
  • 31 Jul 1971
  • 1 Aug 1971
  • 2 Aug 1971
Apollo 15 66:54:53 6 Jun 1932 David Dave Scott was the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first driver on the moon. He dropped a hammer and a feather simultaneously to prove one of Galileo’s theories. Scott also flew on the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 missions. On his return Scott said:

The mind is a fire to be ignited, not a vessel to be filled.

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Irwin, James Benson Jim
  • 31 Jul 1971
  • 1 Aug 1971
  • 2 Aug 1971
Apollo 15 66:54:53 17 Mar 1930 8 Aug 1991 James Jim Irwin was the eighth man to walk on the moon and, sadly, the first of the 12 moon walkers to pass away. After retiring from NASA he founded his High Flight Ministry in 1972. In an interview with the NY Times James Irwin said he had an epiphany on the moon:

I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.

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Young, John
  • 22 Apr 1972
  • 23 Apr 1972
  • 24 Apr 1972
Apollo 16 71:02:13 2 Sep 1930 5 Jan 2018 John Young flew six missions: Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, STS-1 and STS-9 – the most spacecraft in history. John Young was the ninth man to walk on he moon and he also holds two other records:
  • The lowest heart rate during a Saturn V launch at just 70 beats per minute.
  • Lunar speed record at 12 km/h.
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Duke Jr., Charles Charlie
  • 22 Apr 1972
  • 23 Apr 1972
  • 24 Apr 1972
Apollo 16 71:02:13 3 Oct 1935 Charles Duke Junior, aged 36 years 201 days, is the youngest man who walked on the moon. Charlie Duke has devoted his life to Christianity and while on the moon he said:

My walk on the moon lasted three days. My walk with God will last forever.

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Cernan, Eugene Gene
  • 11 Dec 1972
  • 12 Dec 1972
  • 13 Dec 1972
Apollo 17 74:59:40 14 Mar 1934 16 Jan 2017 Eugene Gene Cernan was the eleventh man who walked on the moon. Cernan also flew on the Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 missions. Gene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon and poignantly marked man’s last step off the moon with:

… we leave as we came and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.

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Schmitt, Harrison Jack
  • 11 Dec 1972
  • 12 Dec 1972
  • 13 Dec 1972
Apollo 17 74:59:40 3 Jul 1935 Harrison Schmitt was the twelfth man who walked on the moon. As a geologist he’s the only professional scientist to walk on the moon. Jack Schmitt became famous for taking the Blue Marble picture of Earth, which has become the most reproduced photograph in human history! Schmitt and Cernan sung a snippet of The Fountain in the Park song together on the Moon:
  • Schmitt started: I was strolling on the Moon one day
  • Cernan joined in: In the merry month of May
  • Schmitt sang December – the actual month, then…
  • When much to my surprise, a pair of bonny eyes then hummed the rest.
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Apollo Moon Mission Astronauts

NASA’s six successful manned Apollo moon landings were all crewed by male US astronauts. All nine Apollo moon missions had three crew members. Three astronauts flew to the Moon twice, which means 24 different people have orbited the moon.

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This ADDucation list was compiled by Joe Connor and last updated on August 20, 2019.
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2 responses to “Who Walked On The Moon?”

  1. Russ Stickels says:

    The dates for both Apollo 12 moonwalks are wrong, I know the landing was on the 19th of November 1969, not sure when they stepped on the moons surface.

    • Joe Connor says:

      Hi Russ, thanks for your comments. The Apollo 12 crew took two moonwalks on the 19th and 20th November 1969. I’ve also added the moonwalk dates for the other astronauts.

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