EXPLORATION - What has gone before...
Harrison Schmitt, Ronald Evans, Eugene Cernan (below)
"Apollo 17 will be just one and a third days short of the US spaceflight duration record of 14 days set in 1965 by Gemini VII, and will be the sixth and final Moon landing in the Apollo program."
This plaque is located in the outside Saturn-V display of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama...it reads:
CERNAN - EVANS -SCHMITT
Apollo 17 was the final Apollo mission and the crowning achievement of the entire Apollo program. The mission set numerous Apollo program records:
universally recognized "Blue Marble" photograph of the Earth was taked during this flight.
The mission was also the only nighttime Apollo launch. As another first, the crew included Harrison Schmitt - the only scientis (and professional geologist) to land on the Moon. To further the understanding of the Moon's composition, Schmitt and Cernan collected ancient lunar rocks and soil from 22 locations, bringing home 741 separate samples that weighed almost 250 pounds.
In 2006 Harrison Schmitt wrote a book titled RETURN TO THE MOON. If you have an interest in what value the Moon can be for humanity I suggest you read his book.
Plaque photograph by BLPlummer
Images courtesy NASA.