Launch of the Apollo 17 mission, 1972.
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Apollo 17 was the sixth and last Apollo Moon landing mission and the only one to be launched at night. This Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Eugene Cernan (Commander), Ronald Evans (Command Module pilot) and Harrison Schmitt (Lunar Module pilot), lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 7th December 1972. Schmitt, the twelth man to walk on the Moon, was also the first geologist to set foot on the lunar surface.