Apollo 17was the eleventhmanned space missionin theNASAApollo program. It was the first night launch of aU.S.human spaceflightand the sixth and final lunar landing mission of the Apollo program. The mission was launched at 12:33 a.m. EST on December 7, 1972, and concluded on December 19. It remains the most recent mannedMoon landingand the most recent manned flight beyondlow Earth orbit. It also broke several records set by previous flights, including longest manned lunar landing flight; longest total lunar surface extravehicular activities; largest lunar sample return, and longest time in lunar orbit.
View from the LM of the landing site. The Command Module in the foreground. The images are AS17-147-22466 and 67, taken by Gene Cernan one orbit before the landing. Anaglyph by Patrick Vantuyne. Click on the image for a larger version.
Launched: 7 December 1972 UT 05:33:00 (12:33:00 a.m. EST) Landed on Moon: 11 December 1972 UT 19:54:57 (02:54:57 p.m. EST) Landing Site: Taurus-Littrow (20.19 N, 30.77 E) Returned to Earth: 19 December 1972 UT 19:24:59 (02:24:59 p.m. EST)
Eugene A. Cernan, commander
Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot
Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot