Categories: ApolloSpace Station

Space Generations: Gene Cernan Talks with ISS Crew

It was a feel-good moment in NASA’s Mission Control in Houston: Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan dialed up the International Space Station crew to chat. There was banter back and forth about how Cernan was part of the generation that inspired the current ISS crew, and how the ISS crews are inspiring the next generation.

“You are now the shoulders for the kids to stand upon,” Cernan told ISS commander Kevin Ford. Cernan, who has expressed dismay at NASA’s current path, said he was mightily impressed with what the ISS crews are doing. “I’m envious,” he said. “I wish I could be up there with you. You guys are doing one heckuva great job. You have a big legacy to build upon and from where you leave off we’re gonna get these kids down here excited about pressing on and going even further… I’m personally proud.”

Nancy Atkinson

Nancy has been with Universe Today since 2004, and has published over 6,000 articles on space exploration, astronomy, science and technology. She is the author of two books: "Eight Years to the Moon: the History of the Apollo Missions," (2019) which shares the stories of 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make landing on the Moon possible; and "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos" (2016) tells the stories of those who work on NASA's robotic missions to explore the Solar System and beyond. Follow Nancy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Nancy_A and and Instagram at and https://www.instagram.com/nancyatkinson_ut/

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