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"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that fits all cases." -Carl Jung
December 19, 1972: The Apollo 17 Mission Ends
On this day in 1972, the Apollo 17 crew returned to earth after a 12-day mission, ending the last manned mission to the moon. It was the most ambitious moon mission, breaking records for the longest manned lunar landing and flight, the longest total lunar surface extravehicular activities, the largest lunar samples, and the longest time in lunar orbit. Apollo 17 also had the first night launch.
Commander, Eugene A. Cernan and Lunar Module pilot, Harrison H. Schmitt are still the last to walk the moon.
Photos: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (NASA). The prime crew for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission are: Commander, Eugene A. Cernan (seated), Command Module pilot Ronald E. Evans (standing on right), and Lunar Module pilot, Harrison H. Schmitt (NASA).