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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Leaves the Moon

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December 14, 1972, the Lunar Rover camera caught the lift-off the Apollo 17 Lander. (YouTube/NASA)
We’ve been remembering the last human visit to our Moon this week. For December 14, instead of a photo, we have video.

During the three-day stay on the moon for the Apollo 17 astronauts, they were watched on every moonwalk by NASA in Houston. The video camera mounted on the lunar rover responded to commands from Earth, viewing landscapes and zooming in to see what the astronauts were doing as they collected rock and soil samples from various locations.

Then, Gene Cernan parked the rover a short distance away from the lander and the camera was pointed at the lander to record (for the first time ever) a launch from the Moon.

Here it is.

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