Making the final crewed landing of the Apollo Program, Apollo 17 touched down on the lunar surface on December 11, 1972, at 2:54 p.m. EST. Along with mission Commander Gene Cernan, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt guided the Lunar Module Challenger towards the Taurus-Littrow Valley. Schmitt, the only geologist to land on the Moon, and Cernan spent three days on the lunar surface. Learn more about Apollo 17: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo17.html#.Uqh0wncnYfw
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Astronauts Gus Grissom/ Edward White/ Roger Chaffee in front of the launch pad, 1967. They were to pilot the first manned Apollo mission. Tragically, during launch pad testing, a fire would asphyxiate them. The mission was originally designated the Apollo 204, but was renamed Apollo 1 in their recognition
Apollo 11 Launch - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit on July 16, 1969, bearing astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Armstrong and Aldrin would make history as the first men on the moon,
The Apollo 11 mission's computers were less powerful than today's mobile phones By Brian Burke on July 15, "It's absolutely amazing that the computers used to guide the Apollo 11 mission to the moon were no more powerful than a pocket calculator or a mobile phone."
The Apollo 17 Moon Mission was the longest Apollo mission in history lasting 504 hours. This was also the longest lunar surface stay time at 75 hours that resulted in the astronauts collecting 257 pounds (117 kilograms) of lunar samples (Moon Rocks) that utilized the Marshall Space Flight Center developed Lunar Rover which is pictured above.
Apollo 11 Liftoff and Flag - A Saturn V rocket launches the Apollo 11 crew on the first moon landing mission on July 16, 1969 in this image framed by an American flag. Four days later, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above.