The ascent stage of the Lunar Module returning from the Moon, Apollo 17, December 1972 (Large Format)

The ascent stage of the Lunar Module returning from the Moon, Apollo 17, December 1972 (Large Format)

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Credit: Ronald Evans

Large format vintage chromogenic print, 35.5 x 27.8 cm

[NASA negative number AS17-149-22857]

This is the last photograph of a spacecraft orbiting the Moon. The Lunar Module descent stage was used as a launch platform and remains on the Moon. At its foot the crew left a letter which read: ‘Here man ended his exploration of the Moon, December 1972. May the spirit of peace, in the name of which we came here, reflect upon the life of all mankind.’

This 70mm view shows the Lunar Module (LM) Challenger in lunar orbit before rendezvous with the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules (CSM). While astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, commander, and Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot, descended in the Challenger to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with the CSM America in lunar orbit.

About the Apollo 17 mission here

 

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