Apollo 17: The Beginning of the End of Humans on the Moon
Updated: December 7, 2012 | 2:27 p.m.
December 7, 2012 | 2:26 p.m.
Friday is the 40th anniversary of the launch of the final Apollo mission to the moon: Apollo 17. Below are pictures from that final trip, a look at the astronauts today, and a video about the launch posted by the International Astronautical Federation.
Aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft were astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander; astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command-module pilot; and scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar-module pilot.
The Apollo 17 crew returned with 110 kilograms of rock and soil samples, more than from any of the other lunar landing sites. And after 30 years, Cernan and Schmitt are still the last to walk on the moon.