Apollo 17 (Spacecraft)

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Apollo 17 was the eleventh manned space mission in the NASA Apollo program and was the sixth and last manned mission to date to land on the Moon. It was the first night launch and the final lunar landing mission of the Apollo program. Its crew consisted of Eugene Cernan, commander; Ron Evans, command module pilot; and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, lunar module pilot.

The landing site for this mission was on the southeastern rim of the Mare Serenitatis, in the southwestern Montes Taurus. This was a dark mantle between three high, steep massifs, in an area known as the Taurus-Littrow region. Pre-mission photographs showed boulders deposited along the bases of the mountains, which could provide bedrock samples. The area also contained a landslide, several impact craters, and some dark craters which could be volcanic. A J-class mission, featuring the Lunar Rover, they conducted three lunar surface excursions, lasting 7.2, 7.6 and 7.3 hours. The mission returned 110.5 kg (243.6 lb) of samples from the Moon. The crew roamed for 34 km (21 miles) through the Taurus-Littrow valley in their rover, discovered orange-colored soil, and left the most comprehensive set of instruments in the ALSEP on the lunar surface. On this mission the astronauts took a famous photograph of the earth known as "The Blue Marble". Their mission was the last in the Apollo lunar program.

The Command module is currently on display at NASA's Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. The lunar module impacted the Moon on December 15, 1972 at 06:50:20.8 UT (1:50 AM EST) at 19.96 N, 30.50 E.

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Correspondence, 1968 - 1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Data Package for Apollo 17 Lunar Sample Return Containers, 1971 - 1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southwest Region
referencedIn Folder 1 – Jimmy Carter Hunting with Family; Plains Xmas Party; Amy with General Cloggers; Apollo 17; San Francisco; Gunsmoke Movie Set in Los Angeles; Rosalynn Carter at Walt Disney Studios; Christmas Party for Mentally Challenged; Cumberland Island; San Francisco Trip; Rankin Smith; General Truman; Other Miscellaneous; 10/72-12/72 [1] Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Lazzari, Pietro, 1898-. Pietro Lazzari papers, 1878-1998. Archives of American Art
referencedIn A Mission Completed [A Panorama Supplement Apollo 17 Vol. XXV No. 2] 1973 [English] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Downlink Television Kinescopes for Apollo Flight Operations, 1/1/1969 - 12/31/1972 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn 406-01 Astronaut Training - Apollo 17 - Lunar Crater, NV National Archives at Riverside
referencedIn Fryxell, Roald, 1934-1974. Papers, 1950-1978. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Voice Recordings Relating to Apollo Missions, 11/9/1967 - 1/10/1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Air to Ground Transcript of Apollo 17 Splash Down United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southwest Region
referencedIn 406-01a General - V Apollo 17 National Archives at Riverside
referencedIn [Apollo 17 - Field Geology Training Photographs] National Archives at Riverside
referencedIn Composite Apollo Stowage Lists, 1967 - 1975 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southwest Region
referencedIn Astronaut Geology Education Files, ca. 1962 - ca. 1975 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Correspondence, 1968 - 1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Photographic Systems Development Branch Reference Files, 1965 - 1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southwest Region
referencedIn Photographs of the "Apollo Projects," Apollo 4 through Apollo/Soyuz, 1967 - 1978 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Space flight recovery operations collection : US Navy. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command
referencedIn Records Concerning International Public Affairs Activities for the Apollo Program, 1/1963 - 12/1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Pietro Lazzari papers, 1878-1998 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Apollo 17 Launch, Cape Kennedy Fla, and MCC at Houston, Texas. 6-14 Dec 1972 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Photographs of the Apollo Space Program, 11/9/1967 - 12/19/1972 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn 1972 Merritt Island NWR United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Apollo 17 - AS17-0447 through AS17M-0545 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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hasMember Cernan, Eugene, 1934-2017 person
hasMember Evans, Ronald E., 1933-1990 person
associatedWith Fryxell, Roald, 1934-1974. person
associatedWith Lazzari, Pietro person
associatedWith Lazzari, Pietro, 1898- person
hasMember Schmitt, Harrison H. person
associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration corporateBody
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Active 1972-12-07

Active 1972-12-19

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