Picture of Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle
Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harold Schmitt were the last humans to walk on the Moon, in the final mission of the Apollo space program. Together with Ronald Evans, they lifted off on Dec. 7, 1972 aboard Apollo 17.
The astronauts touched down in a lunar vally which contained both older and newer rocks. Similar to the previous two Apollo missions, this one involved setting up an experiments station and exploration using the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
Apollo 17 marked the end of the most successful space program in human history. Although NASA had already begun developing plans for a lunar base, such a project would require enormous funding and the support of tax payers. Unfortunately, confident that they had won the space race with the Soviet Union, Americans no longer viewed lunar exploration as a priority and politics demanded that the NASA budget be reduced.
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