Apollo

The last astronauts to walk on the Moon, landing on December 11, 1972, were Eugene Cernan and Dr. Harrison (Jack) Schmidt, an astronaut-geologist. The landing site at 20.17°N, 30.77°E, the furthest from the lunar meridian, was in the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, just off the eastern edge of the Mare Serenitatis. Once you have located the junction of the Mare Serenitatis and the Mare Tranquillitatis and the 43-kilometer crater Plinius, you can hop to the craters Vitruvius and Littrow in the highlands bordering the region. Thirty kilometers below Littrow's southwestern edge is the landing site of the Apollo 17 Lunar Module Challenger. See Figure 10.9.

Figure 10.9. The Apollo 17 landing site from a CCD video image of the region by the author in December 1985, using a 36-cm Newtonian. The field is 400 kilometers wide and the crater Plinius is in the top right-hand corner.
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