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At Lambda Iota Chapter’s annual Norris Pig Dinner on Feb. 4, Graduate Brother Robert Swinehart showed a video of Graduate Brother Gene Cernan, a NASA astronaut who’s still the last man to have walked on the moon.

Cernan passed into Chapter Eternal on Jan. 16 at the age of 82.

The video was from a Fox News segment hosted by Neil Cavuto. In his first appearance on air after news had broken of Cernan’s death, Cavuto waxed philosophical about Cernan. Cavuto said that Cernan reminded Americans of a time “when we dreamed of bigger things and greater things.”

Cavuto was long a fan of the Purdue Fiji brother. In a 2012 segment, he called Cernan, “My hero.” He went on to say that Cernan was “from a generation that didn’t know the meaning of the word can’t.”

Cernan, who graduated from Purdue in 1956, served in the Navy after graduation, eventually logging more than 5,000 hours of flight. He was chosen to join NASA in 1963, and ultimately made three trips to space. In December 1972, he became the last man to walk on the moon.

 

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