Captain Gene Cernan was the last person to walk on the Moon. Ultimately, he was the third man to walk in space, one of only three people fortunate enough to go to the Moon twice, and to date, his footprint on the lunar surface is the last marker that humanity left on our nearest neighbor.
The final words that he spoke before stepping on to the tiny craft that would carry him back to Earth are simple and sobering: “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Physicists around the world were puzzled recently when an unusual bump appeared in the signal of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, causing them to wonder if it was a new particle previously unknown, or perhaps even two new particles. The collision cannot be explained by the Standard Model, the theoretical foundation of particle physics.
Homer’s Iliad—a 3,000-year-old epic poem—continues to shape how we think about war. “Every adjective evokes the destruction and tragedy of war,” says Caroline Alexander, author of The Iliad: A New Translation. Alexander, a frequent contributor to National Geographic, has made her name writing about modern-day epics like the Mutiny on the Bounty and Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. But Homer has been what the trained classicist calls “the abiding passion of my heart.”