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Apollo 17 - December 14th, 1972

“As we leave the moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing we shall return. With peace and hope for all mankind”

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It's hard to believe it happened 40 years ago today (God I'm getting old).  The last man to step foot on the moon was Eugene Cernan.  He was there (with the Lunar Module "Challenger") for 3 days with geologist Harrison Schmitt - who was the first pure scientist NASA had ever sent into space. Their crew also had Astronaut Ronald Evans who stayed above on the Command Module "America".

This year also marked the death of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

After their twelve-day mission, the Apollo program was ended and no human has gone back.

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Originally posted to Anna M on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:29 AM PST.

Also republished by Astro Kos.

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