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Apollo 17 Collection

"Apollo 17: Exploring the Final Frontier" In December 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan embarked on a historic journey to the Moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 astronaut

Apollo 17 astronaut. US astronaut and geologist Dr Harrison Schmitt exploring the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Eugene Cernan on Moon Apollo 17

Eugene Cernan on Moon Apollo 17
The last man on the Moon. Astronaut Eugene Cernan stands on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission. At right is part of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), with its communications antenna

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Full Earth

Full Earth

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Spacecraft on the Moon, lunar map

Spacecraft on the Moon, lunar map
Spacecraft on the Moon. Map showing coloured markers for 34 spacecraft that impacted or landed on the Moon from the 1960s onwards

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 sample of lunar basalt

Apollo 17 sample of lunar basalt. The dark areas visible on the Moon (the lunar maria) are plains of flood basaltic lava flows

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo lunar rover, artwork

Apollo lunar rover, artwork. Two Apollo astronauts in a lunar rover, exploring on the Moon. Their lunar landing module is at upper left

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Harrison Schmitt works the scoop on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

Harrison Schmitt works the scoop on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronaut Harrison Schmitt (born 1935), the 12th man to walk on the Moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: The Rover is dwarfed by a giant rock on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

The Rover is dwarfed by a giant rock on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rake samples, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rake samples, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rake samples, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronaut Harrison Schmitt (born 1935), the 12th man to walk on the Moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Apollo 17 was the last Apollo Moon landing mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Harrison Schmitt with US flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

Harrison Schmitt with US flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972
Astronaut Harrison Schmitt with US flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Earth can be seen floating above the flag

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle at the Taurus-Littrow Landing Site

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 Flight Hardware Checkout, Florida, USA, 1972. Creator: NASA

Apollo 17 Flight Hardware Checkout, Florida, USA, 1972. Creator: NASA
Apollo 17 Flight Hardware Checkout, Florida, USA, 1972. The Kennedy Space Center launch team is continuing the checkout of Apollo 17 flight hardware for the final lunar exploration mission of Project

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 Astronaut Training, Florida, USA, 1972. Creator: NASA

Apollo 17 Astronaut Training, Florida, USA, 1972. Creator: NASA
Apollo 17 Astronaut Training, Florida, USA, 1972. Apollo 17 Commander Eugene A. Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison H. Jack Schmitt are preparing the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Replica of the plaque left on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts, 1972. Creator: NASA

Replica of the plaque left on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts, 1972. Creator: NASA
Replica of the plaque left on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts, 1972. Photographic replica of the plaque that the Apollo 17 astronauts left on the Moon at the Taurus-Littrow landing site

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Cernan Jump Salutes Flag, 1972. Creator: Harrison Schmitt

Cernan Jump Salutes Flag, 1972. Creator: Harrison Schmitt
Cernan Jump Salutes Flag, 1972. Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17, salutes the US flag on the lunar surface during extravehicular activity (EVA) on NASAs final lunar landing mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 splashdown, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. Creator: NASA

Apollo 17 splashdown, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. Creator: NASA
Apollo 17 splashdown, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. The Apollo 17 Command Module (CM) " America", with astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans and Harrison H

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Earth from the Meditteranean sea to Antarctica, viewed from Apollo 17, December 1972

Earth from the Meditteranean sea to Antarctica, viewed from Apollo 17, December 1972. This was the first photograph of the south polar ice cap

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Creator: NASA

Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Creator: NASA
Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. The Saturn V was the largest rocket ever built and was used on all Apollo missions to the moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972

Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt collected samples

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Creator: NASA

Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Creator: NASA
Saturn V rocket lifting off, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. The Saturn V was the largest rocket ever built and was used on all Apollo missions to the moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Taurus-Littrow Region, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA

Taurus-Littrow Region, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA
Taurus-Littrow Region, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. View of the surface of the Moon from the Apollo spacecraft. Apollo 17 was the last Apollo Moon landing mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Launch of Saturn V rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 7 December 1972

Launch of Saturn V rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, 7 December 1972. Apollo 17 was the last Apollo Moon landing mission and the only one to be launched at night

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Earth

Earth
Planet Earth. Enhanced colour version of the classic Apollo 17 view of the Earth taken in December 1972. The image shows the continents of Africa (centre) and Antarctica (bottom)

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Earth from space

Earth from space
Planet Earth. Enhanced colour version of the classic Apollo 17 view of the Earth taken in December 1972. The image shows the continents of Africa (centre) and Antarctica (bottom)

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Replica of Plaque Left on Moon by Apollo 17 Astronauts

Replica of Plaque Left on Moon by Apollo 17 Astronauts
This image is a photographic replica of the plaque that the Apollo 17 astronauts left on the Moon at the Taurus-Littrow landing site

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 Night Launch

Apollo 17 Night Launch
Liftoff of the Apollo 17 Saturn V Moon Rocket from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 12:33 a.m. December 17, 1972

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 recovery operations, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. Creator: NASA

Apollo 17 recovery operations, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. Creator: NASA
Apollo 17 recovery operations, Pacific Ocean, December 19, 1972. A water-level view of the Apollo 17 Command Module (CM) " America" floating in the sea following splashdown

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Moon rock fragment

Moon rock fragment from the last Apollo space mission, Apollo 17, encased in perspex on a wooden plaque. The thumbnail-size rock is around 3.7 billion years old

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17, 1972 C016 / 6371

Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17, 1972 C016 / 6371
Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17. Artwork of US and NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan (born 1934) saluting the US flag (Lunar Flag Assembly) left on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 lunar module, astronaut photo C013 / 8948

Apollo 17 lunar module, astronaut photo C013 / 8948
Apollo 17 lunar module. View of the lunar module from the Apollo 17 mission on the surface of the Moon. Apollo 17 was the last manned lunar landing mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Launch of the Apollo 17 mission, 1972

Launch of the Apollo 17 mission, 1972. Apollo 17 was the last Apollo moon landing mission and the only one to be launched at night

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Whole Earth from space, viewed from Apollo 17, December 1972

Whole Earth from space, viewed from Apollo 17, December 1972. This was the first photograph of the south polar ice cap. Most of Africa is visible, together with the Arabian Peninsular and Madagascar

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: A close-up view of the lunar roving vehicle during Apollo 17 EVA

A close-up view of the lunar roving vehicle during Apollo 17 EVA
December 12, 1972 - A close-up view of the lunar roving vehicle (LRV) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site during Apollo 17 lunar surface extravehicular activity

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Searchlights illuminate this nighttime view of Apollo 17 spacecraft on its launchpad

Searchlights illuminate this nighttime view of Apollo 17 spacecraft on its launchpad
Cape Canaveral, Florida, November 1972 - Searchlights illuminate this nighttime scene at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 assembled panorama

Apollo 17 assembled panorama

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: The lunar surface

The lunar surface
Apollo 17. The western wall of Van Serg with (Old) Family Mountain left of center on the horizon and the North Massif on the right

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 Panorama

Apollo 17 Panorama

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: View of the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit

View of the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit
December 14, 1972 - View of the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules (CSM) photographed from the Lunar Module (LM) Challenger during rendezvous and docking maneuvers in lunar orbit

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Lunar foot prints on the moon

Lunar foot prints on the moon
Apollo 17. Lunar foot prints on the moon

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 astronauts

Apollo 17 astronauts. US astronauts Eugene Cernan and Dr Harrison Schmitt using their lunar rover to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Astronaut and Lunar Rover, Apollo 17

Astronaut and Lunar Rover, Apollo 17
Astronaut and Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), composite image. US astronaut and geologist Dr Harrison Schmitt exploring the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Apollo 17 landing site on Moon

Apollo 17 landing site on Moon
Apollo 17 landing site. Artwork of the Taurus- Littrow region of the Moon, site of the Apollo 17 mission landing. The stars are shown as they appeared at the time of landing

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Night launch of Apollo 17

Night launch of Apollo 17
Launch of Apollo 17. The Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 17 blasts into the night sky at Cape Canaveral on 7 December 1972. This was the only night launch of the Apollo Lunar programme

Background imageApollo 17 Collection: Lunar crater, Apollo 17 photograph

Lunar crater, Apollo 17 photograph
Lunar crater. Apollo 17 orbital photograph showing the large crater Sarabhai (formerly called Bessel A, left), located in the Mare Serenitatis ( sea of serenity ) region of the Moon



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"Apollo 17: Exploring the Final Frontier" In December 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan embarked on a historic journey to the Moon. As he stepped onto the lunar surface, he became one of the last humans to ever set foot there. The iconic image of Cernan on the Moon during Apollo 17 remains etched in our collective memory. From his vantage point, Cernan witnessed a breathtaking sight - a full Earth suspended in space. This mesmerizing view served as a reminder of our planet's beauty and fragility. The spacecraft that brought them to this lunar landscape stood proudly against the barren backdrop. Equipped with detailed lunar maps, they navigated their way across this desolate terrain. Apollo 17 left an indelible mark on history by bringing back samples of lunar basalt – tangible evidence of our celestial neighbor's composition and evolution. To aid their exploration, astronauts utilized the revolutionary Apollo lunar rover. This ingenious vehicle allowed them to cover greater distances and collect valuable data about the Moon's geology. One remarkable photograph captured "The Blue Marble" - Earth seen from space. Taken by NASA during this mission, it showcased our planet's vibrant colors and delicate atmosphere like never before. As Harrison Schmitt wielded his scoop on the lunar surface, he diligently collected samples for scientific analysis back on Earth. These precious specimens provided invaluable insights into our understanding of planetary formation and geological processes. Astonishingly, even amidst vastness, human presence was dwarfed by colossal rocks scattered across the moon’s surface – a humbling reminder of nature’s grandeur. Commanding attention was also given to capturing images showcasing crescent Earth hanging delicately in space – an awe-inspiring sight that evoked both wonderment and introspection among those who beheld it. Finally, as Apollo 17 completed its mission with resounding success, we were reminded once again of the incredible engineering marvel that was the command and supply capsule.