Gene Cernan

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I took this photo of astronaut Gene Cernan last June. It was wonderful to see Gene interacting with this young man and surely encouraging him to dream big. He always had time to share his experiences as an astronaut, and recounting for the umpteenth time what it felt like to walk on the moon. Gene was the bright light in the room when the ancient astronauts got together. I lingered for a while watching this scene, hoping this young man appreciated the moment. I could see that father time was catching up to Gene, and I wanted to soak up as much of the moment as I could. This great American hero will be missed.

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