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Youth and NASA Career, 1950 - 1973

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288, Series 6, File 17

Scope and Contents

From the Series: This series contains newspapers and newspaper clippings, the majority of which pertain to Cernan's career as an astronaut. The majority of the newspapers and clippings range chronologically from the 1950s through the late 1990s. Topics include Cernan's youth, particularly his participation in sports at Proviso East High School, the Purdue Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, Cernan's career and experiences as an astronaut, Gemini IX, Apollo X and XVII, international coverage, and information of general public interest about the Gemini and Apollo programs.

Other topics include commemorative articles on manned spaceflight initiatives (such as Apollo) written in subsequent decades, the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, as well as several articles regarding the inauguration, attempted assassination, and presidency of Ronald Reagan. Several special keepsake newspapers are included in this collection, and of special note is a bound copy of The New York Times dated March 14, 1934, given to Cernan as a birthday gift.

Please also see Series 4, Boxes 26-32, for additional newspaper clippings.


  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1973
  • 1950 - 1997

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. French is also present.

Access Information

The collection is open for research. Portions of the collection which contain confidential information are restricted.


From the Series: 2.965 Cubic Feet (Four flat boxes, one legal-size full-width manuscript box, and one legal-size half-width manuscript box)