EUGENE CERNAN, RIP

Eugene Cernan, our last lunar explorer, passed away. Here is a recap of that final Apollo Mission to the moon, Apollo 17. 

Apollo 17 patchAPOLLO 17 – Overall Commander: Eugene A Cernan

Command Module America Pilot: Ronald E Evans

Lunar Module Challenger Pilot: Harrison H Schmitt

This final manned expedition to the moon was launched on December 7th, 1972 at 12:33am. This was the only after-dark launch of the Apollo Program. On December 11th at 12:20pm the Challenger set down in the Littrow Valley of the Taurus Mountain region of the moon.

The Mission: Apollo 17 broke several records set by previous Apollo missions. Those records included the longest manned lunar landing flight, the most and longest extra-vehicular activities on the moon and the largest haul of lunar materials – 243 pounds.

Cernan and Schmitt deployed scientific instruments and explored the terrain on the third and final Moon Buggy, taking in enormous boulders, deep rifts and steep hills.

Liftoff from the moon took place on December 14th at 5:54pm and with the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 2:24pm on December 19th the Apollo Program came to an end. No other manned ventures have taken place to the moon or to other planets. Leftover equipment from what would have been the Apollo 18, 19 and 20 projects was converted to be used in Skylab and the later joint orbital missions by the U.S. and Soviet Union. 

FOR APOLLO 15 AND 16 CLICK HERE:   https://glitternight.com/2014/08/12/forgotten-apollo-missions-part-two-apollo-15-16-and-17/    

FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE:   https://glitternight.com/2014/08/11/apollo-moon-landings-the-forgotten-missions/

FOR SIMILAR ARTICLES AND MORE OF THE TOP LISTS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG CLICK HERE:   https://glitternight.com/top-lists/

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2 responses to “EUGENE CERNAN, RIP

  1. Sam

    That was such a daring set of explorers.

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