Photo shows Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt carrying the gnomon back towards the rover after observing and sampling the east side of a huge boulder. The vertical arrow in the distance points to the Lunar Module Challenger, located roughly 2 miles (3.1 kilometers) away.
Credit: NASA


“Pages of History” constitutes the seventh installment of “Apollo 17: Diary of the Twelfth Man.” It is Chapter 12 of the “Diary” with other chapters to follow.

This chapter chronicles EVA-3, the continuation of the exploration of the lunar surface at Taurus-Littrow on the third day after landing, now over 48 years ago.

Check out America’s last deep dive into space by humans in the 20th century as recounted by Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt with Ronald A. Wells as editor. This diary of Moon exploration is great reading – as told by somebody that’s been there!

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