Lunar Legacy: 45 Apollo Moon Mission Photos

Exploring Plum Crater During Apollo 16

NASA, Apollo 16, John W. Young

During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles M. Duke, Jr. collects rock samples at the Descartes landing site on the moon, April 1972.

Apollo 16 Ascent Stage Liftoff


The flame from the Apollo 16 Lunar Module Orion ascent stage engine creates a kaleidoscopic effect during lunar liftoff, as seen in this color television transmission on April 23, 1972.

New Research into Mysterious Moon Storms


Dusty "twilight rays" sketched by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972.

Candid Camera on Apollo 17


Candid photo of Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard their spacecraft during their December 1973 lunar landing mission with command module pilot Ronald Evans.

NASA's Legacy: The Quest for the Moon


Apollo 17 astronauts pause for a photograph while exploring the moon. Their lunar lander and rover sit perched behind them.

Far From Home: Apollo 17

NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC)

In this Apollo 17 onboard photo, Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan adjusts the U.S. flag deployed upon the Moon during the December 1972 lunar landing mission, which marked the last of NASA's Apollo Moon landings.

Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt on the Moon


Astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rake samples during an Apollo 17 moonwalk in December 1972.

Apollo 17 Lunar Rover Drive


Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene A. Cernan makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site in 1972.

Apollo 11 Lunar Sample No. 10046

NASA Johnson Space Center

A close-up view of Apollo 11 lunar sample no. 10046.

Apollo Spacecraft Diagram

Diagram showing relative sizes of Apollo astronauts, the Lunar Module, and the Command/Service Module.

This NASA schematic details the size of the Apollo space capsules, service modules and lunar landers that would ultimately take astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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