Apollo Astronaut. Born: November 10, 1933, St. Francis, Kansas. Died: April 7,1990, Scottsdale, Arizona. Married with two children.
A graduate of Highland Park High School in Topeka, Ron Evans was among the crew of Apollo 17, the last moon landing flight in the Apollo program. He piloted the command module that orbited the moon while the other crew members landed on its surface, in December 1972. Evans had received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1956, and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1964.
He was one of the original 19 men selected for the NASA space program. As the pilot of the command module, America, Evans and his fellow astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, conducted the last scheduled manned flight to the moon. Prior to the return trip, Evans completed an extravehicular activity to retrieve camera cassettes and inspect a portion of the command module.
Prior to the lunar project, Evans had been a pilot for the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. In 1972 he was chosen as Kansan of the Year and the following year received the University of Kansas Distinguished Service Citation. Captain Evans retired from the Navy in 1976 after 21 years of service. He retired from NASA in 1977 and became a coal industry executive.
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