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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Lands on Moon

Lunar Rover at Shorty Crater.
The Lunar rover at Shorty Crater on the Moon in 1972. (Apollo 17/NASA)
Yes, 40 years ago, two American astronauts guided the lunar lander down to the rugged area – Taurus Littrow – on Earth’s Moon. It was here that the only geologist to visit the moon – Harrison Schmitt – began his excited search of the landscape. The landing was at 12:55 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Here, at Shorty Crater (see photo) they dug in the loose soil and found an orange-colored material. It was part of over 110 kilograms of material they brought back.

We’ll have more on the last manned mission to the moon tomorrow.

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