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Apollo 17
Apollo 17 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Explore and sample the materials and surface features at Taurus-Littrow, set up and activate experiments on the lunar surface for long-term relay of data, conduct inflight experiments and photographic tasks.

Commander: Eugene A. Cernan
Lunar module (Challenger) pilot: Harrison H. Schmitt
Command module (America) pilot: Ronald E. Evans

Landing site: Taurus-Littrow

Accomplishments: Collected the oldest known unshocked lunar rock, which suggests that the moon had a dynamo-generated magnetic field in its past; collected "orange soil" containing volcanic glass from an explosive eruption; deployed or conducted scientific experiments.

Key Dates
7 Dec 1972:  Launch
10 Dec 1972:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
11 Dec 1972:  Lunar Landing
14 Dec 1972:  Lunar Surface Departure
19 Dec 1972:  Recovery on Earth
19 Dec 1972:  End of Lunar Mission
Fast Facts
Apollo 17 Facts Apollo 17 was the sixth and last crewed mission to the moon.

Harrison Schmitt was the first scientist to walk on the moon.

Apollo 17 was the first Apollo mission to launch at night.

This mission discovered evidence of past magnetic field generated by a dynamo at the lunar core.

Apollo 17 holds the record for longest time spent on the lunar surface and in EVAs on the surface.
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