Dec 22

Space Rocket History #379 – Apollo 17 – Lunar Lift off, Docking & Orbital Science

At 4:56 Houston time, Gene rested the tip of his left index finger on the yellow ignition button.

Lunar Lift-off

The Landing Site

Sulpicius Gallus


Dec 08

Space Rocket History #378 – Apollo 17 – Moonwalk 3 – The Last Steps on the Moon

“As we leave the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo Seventeen.” – Gene Cernan’s final words from the surface of the Moon.

Split Boulder

Moon Rock at the Smithsonian

EVA Close-out



Nov 24

Space Rocket History #377 – Apollo 17 – Moonwalk 1 & 2 – Orange Soil

“How can there be orange soil on the Moon?! (Pause) Jack, that is really orange.” Gene Cernan

“Strolling on the Moon One Day”

Orange Soil

Orange & Black Glass Spheres Returned from the Moon

Nov 10

Space Rocket History #376 – Apollo 17 – Moonwalk 1

Gene Cernan’s first words were “As I step off at the surface of Taurus-Littrow, I’d like to dedicate the first steps of Apollo Seventeen to all those who made it possible.”

Traverse Map

Setting up the Flag

Testing the Rover