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Apollo 17 mission
Apollo 17 took the 11th and 12th people cernan and schmidt (the last man to walk on the moon) to the taurus littrow landing site on the moon and marked the final mission of the Apollo program. By the time the mission launched, on Dec. 7, 1972, public interest in space exploration had declined and the government had shifted focus to the Vietnam War.
Apollo 17 mission
The Apollo 17 lunar mission, the last manned mission to the Moon, occurred from December 11-14, 1972. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt performed three separate Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) in the Taurus Mountain-Littrow Crater region of Mare Serenitatis. During the three EVAs, totaling a record 22 hours 6 minutes, Cernan and Schmitt collected 112 kilograms (247 pounds) of material for return to Earth. They also drove a lunar roving vehicle approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles).
Apollo 17 was the first mission to include a scientist in its crew. Geologist Harrison "Jack" Schmitt was one of the first six scientist-astronauts selected in 1965 amid immense pressure to do so from the National Academy of Sciences, which was worried that only test pilots would get the opportunity to walk on the moon.
Apollo 17 side story
The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) allowed astronauts to go further away from the Lunar Module during their limited extravehicular activity time on the moon. The vehicle was first used on Apollo 15, and then again on missions 16 and 17.
Just after unloading the LRV from the Lunar Module, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan accidentally knocked off the right-rear fender extension. He taped it back on but it fell off later, and the wheel kicked a plume of fine lunar dust over the rover and its occupants. At the suggestion of technicians on Earth, Cernan and lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt taped together several plastic-coated map sheets to make a replacement fender extension.
Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan recalls fixing a lunar rover problem with duct tape during his December 1972 mission. Cernan's interview was part of the commemoration of NASA's 50th anniversary
Apollo 17 Crew
Commander Eugene Cernan,
Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt,
and Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans.
Apollo 17 Key achievments
Longest Apollo mission - 301 hours 52 minutes Longest single extravehicular activity (EVA) time on surface - 7 ½ hours Longest total EVA time on surface - 22 hours Greatest Lunar Rover Vehicle distance on one EVA - 19 kilometers (14 miles) Greatest Lunar Rover Vehicle total distance traveled - 35 kilometers (25 miles) First geologist astronaut on lunar surface - Harrison H. Schmitt Largest number of lunar samples returned to Earth - 117 kilograms (257 pounds)
Apollo 17 earth photo
Blue Marble - Image of the Earth from Apollo 17. View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew -- astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander; astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot; and scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot -- traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica South polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the South polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly visible. The Arabian Peninsula can be seen at the Northeastern edge of Africa. The large island off the coast of Africa is the Malagasy Republic. The Asian mainland is on the horizon toward the Northeast. Image Credit: NASA
Apollo 17 memorabilia archive
Archive of Rare Apollo 17 Space Program collectibles
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