Original NASA Launch Badge

 Apollo 17 Lunar Mission

The last manned spaceflight to the moon

December 7 - 19, 1972

Kennedy Space Center


Apollo 17 (December 7-19, 1972) was the last mission of NASA's Apollo program, the latest time people have gone to the Moon or gone past low Earth circle. Officer Gene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt strolled on the Moon, while Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans circled previously. Schmitt was the main expert geologist to arrive on the Moon, chose instead of Joe Engle with NASA constrained to send a researcher to the Moon. The mission's weighty accentuation on science implied the consideration of various new tests, including an organic trial containing five mice conveyed in the order module.


Mission organizers considered two essential objectives in choosing the arrival site: to test lunar good country material more established than Mare Imbrium and to research the chance of somewhat ongoing volcanic movement. They in this way chosen Taurus-Littrow, where arrangements that had been seen and envisioned from circle were believed to be volcanic in nature. Since every one of the three team individuals had supported past Apollo lunar missions, they knew all about the Apollo rocket and possessed more energy for topography preparing.

Sent off at 12:33 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 7, 1972, after the main platform postpone in the Apollo program brought about by an equipment issue, Apollo 17 was a "J-type" mission that remembered three days for the lunar surface, expanded logical capacity, and the utilization of the third Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Cernan and Schmitt arrived in the Taurus-Littrow valley and finished three moonwalks, taking lunar examples and sending logical instruments. Orange soil was found at Shorty hole, and ended up being volcanic in beginning, in spite of the fact that from right off the bat in the Moon's set of experiences. Evans stayed in lunar circle in the order and administration module (CSM), taking logical estimations and photos. The shuttle got back to Earth on December 19.


The mission broke a few records for manned spaceflight, including the longest maintained lunar landing mission (12 days 14 hours), most prominent separation from a rocket during an extravehicular movement of any kind (7.6 kilometers (4.7 mi), longest complete lunar surface extravehicular exercises (22 hours 4 minutes), biggest lunar example return (roughly 115 kg or 254 lb), most significant length of time in lunar circle (6 days 4 hours), and most lunar circles.


Original NASA Launch Badge ~ Apollo 17 Lunar Mission

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