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40 Years Ago – Day Two on the Moon for Apollo 17

Harrison Schmitt on the Moon
Harrison Schmitt found a few outstanding boulders on the Moon. (Apollo 17/NASA)
The last two men to visit Earth’s Moon used the Lunar Rover to cover some ground and visit interesting places near the landing site. Here (see photo) Harrison Schmitt is photographed by Gene Cernan next to one of the larger rock samples in Taurus-Littrow Valley.

They made three moonwalks outside of the Challenger lander – one on each day they were on the surface. They each had camera, but the rover was also equipped with a television camera linked to Houston, Texas, where engineers were in control of the view.

Those recordings showed the steep slopes that the astronauts ventured up and down to reach different areas. They became proficient in the lunar “hop” as the best way to get around.

In the meantime, Ronald Evans continued to orbit the moon in the Command Module, waiting for them to rejoin him on December 13.

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