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

Sep 01

Space Rocket History #371 – Apollo 17 – Commander Eugene Cernan

Flight director Gene Kranz wrote that Cernan was his favorite because of his carefree and jovial attitude, unabashed patriotism, and his close personal relationship with the flight controllers.