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Christopher K.
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Apollo 17

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The last manned mission to the Moon (to date) took place from 7 December 1972 to 19 December 1972; it was Cernan, Schmitt and Evans. Tasks included geological surveying and conducting in-flight experiments during lunar orbit, as well as some lunar seismology studies. The crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and were recovered by the USS Ticonderoga. How we long to return...

Saturday's APOD is an image snapped by Eugene Cernan but made 3D by Patrick Vantuyne several years later.

3 January APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150103.html

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The 2 August APOD shows Harrison Schmitt standing by the lunar rover on the edge of Shorty Crater. Schmitt discovered orange soil near that spot. Apollo 17 returned to Earth with 110 kilograms of rock and soil.

2 August APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150802.html

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Re: Apollo 17

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NASA-TV is currently showing a documentary entitled Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants. The half-hour program will be shown today at 12pm CST, 1pm CST, 4:30pm CST and 8pm CST on both NASA-TVs. There probably has been renewed interest in the Apollo 17 mission since the death of Eugene Cernan.

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Re: Apollo 17

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During certain periods in the storied history of moviegoing, there were spates of 3-D features showing up at local drive-ins and cinemas. Some still have those old red/blue glasses, which can now be gotten by other means. A 3-D or "stereo" view of the lunar landscape taken by the crew of Apollo 17...
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200117.html

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