Photographs: Apollo 17—The Final Time People Walked on the Moon

Subsequent week will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of NASA’s closing Apollo mission, which took three astronauts to the moon and again in December 1972. Apollo 17 was the sixth mission to efficiently land astronauts on the moon, bringing the whole variety of people who’ve walked on one other world to 12. Finances cuts introduced the Apollo program to an finish, and space-exploration efforts shifted to missions to low-Earth orbit, such because the Area Shuttle and the Worldwide Area Station. 5 a long time later, a number of area businesses are actually growing new crewed missions to return to the moon, and to go on to Mars. Collected under are photos of Apollo 17 and its astronaut crew—Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt.

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