Cernan · Evans · Schmitt

Cernan · Evans · Schmitt (HM1BLP)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35805 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 42.663', W 86° 39.339'

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Launched: December 7, 1972 · Landed: December 11, 1972 · Splashdown: December 19, 1972

— "...America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow." —

Commander Gene Cernan spoke these words as the last man to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 17 was the final Apollo mission and the crowning achievement of the entire Apollo program. The mission set numerous Apollo programs records: the longest mission, the greatest amount of time on the Moon's surface, the largest lunar samples, and the longest period orbiting the Moon. The universally recognized "Blue Marble" photograph of Earth was taken during this flight. The mission was also the only nighttime Apollo launch. As another first, the crew included Harrison Schmitt - the only scientist (and professional geologist) to land on the Moon. To further the understanding of the Moon's composition, Schmitt and Cernan collected ancient lunar rocks and soil from 22 locations, bringing home 741 separate samples that weighted almost 250 pounds.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 531532 N 3841054
Decimal Degrees34.71105000, -86.65565000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.663', W 86° 39.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 39.78" N, 86° 39' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, US
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