Apollo 17 during the prelaunch, with the Moon is in the background

Apollo 17 during the prelaunch, with the Moon is in the background

Apollo 17 during the prelaunch, with the Moon, the spacecraft’s destination is in the background.

Launched on December 7, 1972, and concluded on December 19, 1972, Apollo 17 was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program. It was also the 11th manned space mission in the Apollo program. Its crew consisted of Commander Eugene Cernan, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt, and Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans.

Cernan and Schmitt landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley and completed three moonwalks, taking lunar samples and deploying scientific instruments. The landing site had been chosen to further the mission’s main goals: to sample lunar highland material older than Mare Imbrium and to investigate the possibility of relatively recent volcanic activity. Evans remained in lunar orbit in the command and service module (CSM), taking scientific measurements and photographs.

Image source: NASA

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