Last men on the Moon

The Apollo astronauts' final moments on the Moon included a small ceremony. They unveiled a plaque on the LM's landing strut to commemorate their visit and then packed away their samples and prepared for the return to Earth. Cernan was last aboard the LM, saluting the Stars and Stripes before declaring "... 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."

biography

harrison schmitt

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New Mexico-born Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (b.1935) gained a doctorate in geology from Harvard before joining the US Geological ^Survey at Flagstaff, Arizona. After his selection to NASA's first group of scientist-astronauts in 1965, he was closely involved in training the Apollo astronauts for geological fieldwork. Assigned to the backup crew of Apollo 15 alongside Richard Gordon and Vance Brand, he would have flown as LM pilot aboard Apollo 18, but the cancellation of that mission led to his replacing Joe Engle on Apollo 17. He retired from NASA in 1975 to enter politics and later business, and currently (2007) chairs the NASA Advisory Council, a group that advises the NASA Administrator.

New Mexico-born Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (b.1935) gained a doctorate in geology from Harvard before joining the US Geological ^Survey at Flagstaff, Arizona. After his selection to NASA's first group of scientist-astronauts in 1965, he was closely involved in training the Apollo astronauts for geological fieldwork. Assigned to the backup crew of Apollo 15 alongside Richard Gordon and Vance Brand, he would have flown as LM pilot aboard Apollo 18, but the cancellation of that mission led to his replacing Joe Engle on Apollo 17. He retired from NASA in 1975 to enter politics and later business, and currently (2007) chairs the NASA Advisory Council, a group that advises the NASA Administrator.

... America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow'

Gene Cernan, last Apollo astronaut to step on the Moon

GOODBYE TO THE MOON

A tired but elated Ron Evans (top), Gene Cernan, and Jack Schmitt (bottom left and right) relax as they return to Earth at the end of their three-week=long mission - the last in the historic Apollo programme.

Apollo 15

30 July 1971, Hadley Rille/Apennine Mountains .

Apollo 17

11 December 1972,

Taurus-Littrow

Apollo 12 / 19 November 1969, Ocean of Storms

\ Apollo 11 20 July 1969, Sea of Tranquility

Apollo 141 5 February 1971, Fro Mauro

Apollo 16 I 21 April 1972, Descartes Highlonds

APOLLO LANDING SITES

Apollo astronauts studied many of the major terrain types on the lunar near side, including lunar seas, mountain chains, lunar highlands, and the "ejecta blankets" around major craters.

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