December 14, 2012

Men Were Last on Moon 40 Years Ago Today

Robert Pearlman, Space.com


AP Photo

The last men to walk on the moon blasted off its surface for a final time 40 years ago today.

After three days exploring the Taurus-Littrow lunar valley, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt lit the engine on the upper (ascent) stage of their lunar module "Challenger" and launched off the surface at 5:55 p.m. EST (2255 GMT) on Dec. 14, 1972.

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TAGGED: Science History, Nasa, Moon, Moon Walk, Apollo 17

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