12/11/1972: Apollo 17 lands on the moon.

Apollo 17 is (so far) our last manned mission to the moon. There were other Apollo missions planned, but with the Space Race won and the American people focused on Vietnam, public interest (and therefore funding) really wasn’t going towards the space program.

Apollo 17 also set some records, as well as being one of the first NASA missions to not exclusively use military test pilots (or even pilots at all) by including a geologist, Harrison Schmitt.

Just as Apollo 11 led with some astonishing speech, so did Apollo 17 end with one:

…I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come - but we believe not too long into the future - I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.

“Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”


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