Oct 27

Space Rocket History #375 – Apollo 17 – The Last Manned Landing

Gene had a deadlock visual on the landing site. He knew exactly where he was, and the LM had become part of him, responding to his wishes as well as his touch on the controls as they lowered closer to the surface.

View of the Landing site from the LM

Crater Galois at the far side terminator

Landing Site at Taurus-Littrow



Aug 04

Space Rocket History #369 – Apollo 17 – Mankind’s Last Giant Leap

Apollo 17 would break several crewed spaceflight records: 1) longest moon mission duration: 12 days 13 hours 52 minutes (just a day and a third shorter than the 14 days set in 1965 by Gemini 7), 2) longest total lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours 4 minutes), 3) largest lunar sample return (110.52 kilograms or 243.7 pounds), – longest time in lunar orbit (6 days 4 hours), and 4) most lunar orbits (75).