Off-world geologist, Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt.
Credit: NASA

Apollo 17 was the final act in the “opening curtain” for deep space exploration.

But that lowering of the human exploration curtain was in December of 1972.

Apollo 17 was the longest human lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes); longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 4 minutes); largest lunar sample return (an estimated 249 pounds (113 kilograms); and longest time in lunar orbit (147 hours, 48 minutes).

What was the value of Apollo and where next?

Check out my Space.com story with the last man to step onto the Moon, Jack Schmitt:

Q&A with Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

https://www.space.com/39009-apollo-17-astronaut-harrison-schmitt-interview.html

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