Moon samples returned by Apollo 17, 1972.


Moon samples returned by Apollo 17, 1972.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Apollo 17 was the sixth and last Apollo Moon landing mision 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. This orange soil was collected from the Apollo 17 Taurus-Littrow landing site after being noticed by Schmitt. The orange glas spheres and fragments were among the most interesting particles brought back by the Apollo misions.

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