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Apollo 17

Apollo 17, preceded by Apollo 16, was the final Apollo mission.

Apollo 17 was the eleventh manned mission in the Apollo program, and was the sixth and last mission to date to land on the moon.


Schmitt took this picture of Cernan flanked by an American flag and their lunar rover's umbrella-shaped high-gain antenna near the beginning of their third and final excursion across the lunar surface. The prominent Sculptured Hills lie in the background while Schmitt's reflection can just be made out in Cernan's helmet.

Launched: December 7, 1972 (first night launch)
Returned: December 19, 1972
Crew members: Gene Cernan, commander; Ron Evans[?], command module pilot; Harrison Schmitt, lunar module pilot.
Command module: America
Lunar module: Challenger
Landed: December 11, 1972
Lunar landing site: 20.2 N, 30.8 E -- Taurus-Littrow
On surface: 3 days 3.0 hours
Lunar EVA: 22.1 hours (7.2 + 7.6 + 7.3)
Samples: 110.5 kg

A J-class mission, featuring the Lunar Rover.


Apollo 17: NASA

Mission notes:

  • Schmitt, a geologist, was the first scientist on the moon.

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