Apollo 17

On December 19, 1972, Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth.

Gene Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt spent 3 days 3 hours on the Moon’s surface.  They spend more than 22 hours exploring.  They returned 110 pounds of lunar rocks.   These were all records.   Ronald E. Evans was the Command Module pilot and set the record for the longest time in lunar orbit.

Cernan was the last man to walk on the Moon.  Just before returning to the LEM he said, “As I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record — that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”

Apollo 17 was the first night time Apollo launch.  While traveling to the Moon, they took the “Blue Marble” photo of the Earth from 18,000 miles away.


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