Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies

(CNN)Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday.

The retired United States Navy captain was 82.
    His family confirmed the news in a statement Monday, saying he died following “ongoing health issues.”
    “Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend,” the family said.
    Cernan’s death comes a little more than a month after fellow astronaut John Glenn died in December.
    Cernan earned several distinctions in his 13 years with NASA. He was the second American to walk in space and one of three men to have flown twice to the moon.
    But he’s best remembered as commander of Apollo 17, the last mission to the moon in December of 1972.
    “Apollo 17 built upon all of the other missions scientifically,” Cernan said in 2008. “We had a lunar rover, we were able to cover more ground than most of the other missions. We stayed there a little bit longer. We went to a more challenging unique area in the mountains, to learn something about the history and the origin of the moon itself.”
    Up until his death he was passionate about space exploration and hoped America’s leaders would not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon, his family said.
    In his last conversation with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Cernan spoke of his “lingering desire” to inspire America’s youth to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics “and to dare to dream and explore,” NASA said.
    “Gene’s footprints remain on the moon, and his achievements are imprinted in our hearts and memories,” Bolden said.
    Cernan was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 14, 1934. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1956 from Purdue University, where he received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program. He entered flight training upon graduation and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
    He was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963 for the Apollo program, created to send humans to the moon. Of 18 total
    Like others in the program, Cernan also participated in Gemini missions, NASA’s second human spaceflight program, developed to support subsequent Apollo missions. On his first space flight, Cernan became the second American to walk in space during the Gemini IX mission in 1966, led by command pilot Thomas Stafford.
    On his second sojourn in May 1969, he was pilot of Apollo 10’s lunar module, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification flight test of an Apollo lunar module.
    He made his third space flight as spacecraft commander of Apollo 17, the last scheduled manned mission to the moon, in December 1972.
    With the support of lunar module pilot Harrison H. Schmitt, Cernan established a base of operations in the moon’s Taurus-Littrow valley and made a home there for the mission for three days. From the landing base, they completed three excursions to nearby craters and the Taurus mountains.
    The mission launched on December 6, 1972 and returned two weeks later. It established several new records for manned space flight, including longest manned lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes), and longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 6 minutes).
    Leaving the moon in 1972, Cernan said, “As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.”
    Cernan retired from the Navy after 20 years in 1976 and ended his NASA career. He went into private business and served as television commentator for early fights of the space shuttle.
    Cernan is survived by his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, three daughters and nine grandchildren. His family said his experience as an Apollo astronaut had humbled him.
    “I was just a young kid in America growing up with a dream. Today what’s most important to me is my desire to inspire the passion in the hearts and minds of future generations of young men and women to see their own impossible dreams become a reality,” the family quoted him as recently saying.
    The family also shared a line from his book, “The Last Man on the Moon,” in which he describes walking on the moon to his 5-year-old granddaughter.
    “Your Popie went to Heaven. He really did.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/us/eugene-cernan-dies/index.html

    Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to take math’s highest award, dies at 40

    (CNN)Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who became the only woman to receive the highest honor in mathematics, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the school said.

    She was 40.
    The Iran native thrived in study of curved surfaces such as doughnut shapes and amoebas — to a degree that other bright minds in the field dared not explore, her colleagues have said.
      In 2014, she became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics and equivalent in reputation to a Nobel Prize.
      The International Mathematical Union established the award in 1936 and has presented it to at least two people every four years since 1950. All 52 recipients before Mirazkhani were men.
      “Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science,” Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said.

      Like finding a way out of a jungle

      When she won in 2014, the IMU called Mirzakhani’s accomplishments in complex geometric forms such as Riemann surfaces and moduli spaces “stunning.”
      “Because of its complexities and inhomogeneity, moduli space has often seemed impossible to work on directly,” the IMU said. “But not to Mirzakhani.”
      She was happy to take it on.
      “It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out,” she said once.
      Her work could help advance understanding in physics, quantum mechanics and areas outside math, Stanford said in an online news article about her death.
      She said the 2014 award was a great honor.
      “I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said at the time.

      From Iran to California

      Mirzakhani was drawn to mathematics while in high school in Iran’s capital, Tehran, where she grew up.
      As a teenager, she gained international attention when she won gold medals in two International Mathematical Olympiads, achieving a perfect score in one.
      Mirzakhani got her undergraduate degree at Sharif University of Technology, then moved to the United States, where she went to work on her doctorate at Harvard University.
      She was an assistant professor at Princeton University before moving to Stanford.
      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saluted Mirzakhani in a message in Farsi, posted to Twitter.
      “Maryam Mirzakhani was a creative scientist and a gracious human being who lifted Iran’s name in the global scientific community,” Rouhani’s account reads. “May she Rest In Peace.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/us/mirzakhani-obituary-first-woman-win-math-prize/index.html

      Steve Ballmer Fast Facts

      (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft.

      Birth place: Detroit, Michigan
      Birth name: Steven Anthony Ballmer
        Father: Fred Ballmer, manager for Ford Motor Co.
        Mother: Bea (Dworkin) Ballmer
        Marriage: Connie Snyder (1990-present)
        Children: three sons
        Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1977, double major in Mathematics and Economics; Attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1979-1980
        Other Facts:
        Became friends with Bill Gates while at Harvard University.
        Worked for Procter & Gamble as assistant product manager before Microsoft.
        Met his wife, Connie Snyder, while both were working at Microsoft.

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        January 13, 2000 – Is named chief executive officer when Bill Gates steps down to concentrate on philanthropy.
        February 4, 2014 – Steps down as Microsoft CEO.
        May 29, 2014 – Ballmer signs a binding agreement to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from the Sterling family trust.
        August 12, 2014 – Steve Ballmer becomes the official owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, according to Ballmer’s attorney, Adam Streisand. The negotiated $2 billion sale price is a record for an NBA team.
        August 19, 2014 – Steps down from the Microsoft board of directors in order to concentrate on the Clippers.
        October 16, 2015 – Announces he has bought a 4% stake in Twitter during the past few months, becoming one of its largest shareholders.
        March 2016 – Forbes names Ballmer, with a net worth of $23.5 billion, number 26 on its annual World’s Billionaires list.
        June 4, 2016 – Along with Brandt Vaughan, founds USAFacts Institute. Ballmer later describes the work of the institute as creating a “10-K for the government,” according to a Bloomberg interview.

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        Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies

        (CNN)Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday.

        The retired United States Navy captain was 82.
          His family confirmed the news in a statement Monday, saying he died following “ongoing health issues.”
          “Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend,” the family said.
          Cernan’s death comes a little more than a month after fellow astronaut John Glenn died in December.
          Cernan earned several distinctions in his 13 years with NASA. He was the second American to walk in space and one of three men to have flown twice to the moon.
          But he’s best remembered as commander of Apollo 17, the last mission to the moon in December of 1972.
          “Apollo 17 built upon all of the other missions scientifically,” Cernan said in 2008. “We had a lunar rover, we were able to cover more ground than most of the other missions. We stayed there a little bit longer. We went to a more challenging unique area in the mountains, to learn something about the history and the origin of the moon itself.”
          Up until his death he was passionate about space exploration and hoped America’s leaders would not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon, his family said.
          In his last conversation with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Cernan spoke of his “lingering desire” to inspire America’s youth to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics “and to dare to dream and explore,” NASA said.
          “Gene’s footprints remain on the moon, and his achievements are imprinted in our hearts and memories,” Bolden said.
          Cernan was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 14, 1934. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1956 from Purdue University, where he received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program. He entered flight training upon graduation and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
          He was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963 for the Apollo program, created to send humans to the moon. Of 18 total
          Like others in the program, Cernan also participated in Gemini missions, NASA’s second human spaceflight program, developed to support subsequent Apollo missions. On his first space flight, Cernan became the second American to walk in space during the Gemini IX mission in 1966, led by command pilot Thomas Stafford.
          On his second sojourn in May 1969, he was pilot of Apollo 10’s lunar module, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification flight test of an Apollo lunar module.
          He made his third space flight as spacecraft commander of Apollo 17, the last scheduled manned mission to the moon, in December 1972.
          With the support of lunar module pilot Harrison H. Schmitt, Cernan established a base of operations in the moon’s Taurus-Littrow valley and made a home there for the mission for three days. From the landing base, they completed three excursions to nearby craters and the Taurus mountains.
          The mission launched on December 6, 1972 and returned two weeks later. It established several new records for manned space flight, including longest manned lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes), and longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 6 minutes).
          Leaving the moon in 1972, Cernan said, “As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.”
          Cernan retired from the Navy after 20 years in 1976 and ended his NASA career. He went into private business and served as television commentator for early fights of the space shuttle.
          Cernan is survived by his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, three daughters and nine grandchildren. His family said his experience as an Apollo astronaut had humbled him.
          “I was just a young kid in America growing up with a dream. Today what’s most important to me is my desire to inspire the passion in the hearts and minds of future generations of young men and women to see their own impossible dreams become a reality,” the family quoted him as recently saying.
          The family also shared a line from his book, “The Last Man on the Moon,” in which he describes walking on the moon to his 5-year-old granddaughter.
          “Your Popie went to Heaven. He really did.”

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/us/eugene-cernan-dies/index.html