Apollo 17: The Beginning of the End of Humans on the Moon


Dec. 6, 2012, 9:26 a.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.