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Earth from Moon
Apollo 17 orbits the Moon and sees the Earth. (NASA Goddard Photo and Video)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Begins Trip Back to Earth from Moon

During their time orbiting the Moon, the Apollo 17 astronauts had a view of the Earth that only a dozen people have shared.

When you look out the window of a jet airliner, you can get an idea about just how big the Earth might be

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December 13, 1972, the Lunar Rover camera caught the lift-off the Apollo 17 Lander. (YouTube/NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Leaves the Moon

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

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Apollo 17 tracks from orbit
A few years ago, a satellite orbiting the Moon viewed the landing area of Apollo 17. (NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Astronauts Continue Exploration

On this day in history, December 13, 1972, the Apollo 17 astronauts drove around the Moon on the rover, taking more samples and storing them in the lander. Then, they parked the rover so it could "watch" the liftoff on December 14th

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Harrison Schmitt on the Moon
Harrison Schmitt found a few outstanding boulders on the Moon. (Apollo 17/NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Day Two on the Moon for Apollo 17

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

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Lunar Rover at Shorty Crater.
The Lunar rover at Shorty Crater on the Moon in 1972. (Apollo 17/NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Lands on Moon

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

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Harrison Schmitt at the LEM on Apollo 17 - December 1972. (Apollo 17/NASA)
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The Final Manned Trip To the Moon Started Today – 40 Years Ago!

Yes, it was 40 years ago that a Saturn 5 rocket lifted Apollo 17 into orbit from Florida in the final visit to the moon by a human for 40 years.

The mission sent the craft to a rocky area of the moon and on board was the only professional geologist ever to visit that unexplored landscape - Harrison Schmitt

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