NASA Eugene Cernan

As we celebrate the life of the last man to walk on the moon, Eugene (Gene) Cernan, who died this week, questions are being asked about the future of moon exploration.

Will we ever go to the moon again?

What will we do if we go?

Only 12 men have ever landed on the moon in Apollo missions 11,12,14,15,16 and 17

Only 6 of these men are still alive.

Here are some of NASA’s most famous pictures from those missions:

Apollo 14 Plaque left on the moon

The view of the earth to the Apollo 17 crew, Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt

The first men on the moon. Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin -1969

Charles Duke, John Young and Ken Mattingly – Apollo 16

Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean – Apollo12