An Audio Experiment
Another objective for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission includes the Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment, or LSPE. Here the remote antenna for the experiment is deployed. The experiment will measure sounds from the moon using four geophones. The test begins with eight explosive charges on the lunar surface and includes capturing seismic activity such as moonquakes, meteorite impacts and the Lunar Module ascent stage impact.
The Apollo 17 lunar landing mission includes this Geophone Module and Cable Reels for the LSPE experiment. The experiment uses 4 geophones to collect seismic data and meteorite hits on the moon.
Proving Einstein's Theories
Using the Lunar Surface Gravimeter, or LSG, the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission aims to confirm a gravity waver, as Einstein predicted in the general theory of relativity. Experts also expect to find additional insights regarding the moon's internal structure from data about tidal deformation in the lunar material from the Earth and sun.
Scanning the Moon
Additionally the Infrared Scanning Radiometer, another Apollo 17 experiment, will scan the lunar surface, producing a surface temperature map. The ISR map will likely aid in defining lunar features such as rock fields, crustal structural differences, volcanic activity and fissures releasing "hot" gases.
Lunar Atmosphere Info
Using the Lunar Atmospheric Composition Experiment, the Apollo 17 crew till gather data about the ambient lunar atmosphere.
A map showing completed and projected Apollo landing sites was prepared by Mapping Sciences Laboratory, Science & Applications Directorate at the Manned Spacecraft Center.
On Dec. 7, 1972, the 363-feet tall Apollo 17 space vehicle, consisting of Spacecraft 115, Lunar Module 12 and Saturn 512, launches from Launch Complex 39 Pad A. Apollo 17 is the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program and the first nighttime liftoff of a Saturn V launch vehicle.
Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt
In this official NASA photo, Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission prime crew, poses.
Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan
Apollo 17 prime crew commander, astronaut Eugene A. Cernan poses in an official NASA photo.
Astronaut Ronald E. Evans
Astronaut Ronald E. Evans poses in this official NASA photo. Evans is a member of the prime crew for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission as the command module pilot.