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On This Day… The Last Men On The Moon!

Written by: George Chittenden : 18 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 14th December, back in 1972 when humans were last on the surface of the Moon. Apollo 17 was the last manned space mission to the Moon. The two Apollo 17 astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, completed their lunar walk after a short ceremony in which they said goodbye to the Moon and unveiled a small commemorative plaque at the Taurus-Littrow valley.

Astronaut Gene Cernan also left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust, before lifting off on this day and returning to Earth. In total twelve men have now walked on the Moon since Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 in July 1969.

Apollo 17 has been hailed as the most successful of them all. On December 19, the Apollo 17 spacecraft re-entered Earth's atmosphere and landed safely in the Pacific Ocean, bringing an end to the US programme of lunar exploration.

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