Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan eats in the weightlessness of space during the Apollo 17 mission, the final lunar landing mission of the Apollo program.
Earth rises above the lunar horizon captured during the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.
From Lunar Orbit
As Apollo 17 headed toward the moon, a crewmember snapped this image of Earth highlighting the African continent, Madagascar, to the right, and a bit of Antarctica near the bottom.
Farewell for now
After the Apollo 17 Lunar Module transposed and docked, debris floated into space from Saturn S-IVB stage separation.
On the Surface
The LSP geosphere flag stands in the lunar surface with the gnomon in the foreground. In the background the Apollo Lunar Scientific Experiments Package, north Massif and the Lunar Roving Vehicle are visible.
A Handy Tool
The Apollo 17 lunar landing crewmates, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt, used the Lunar Roving Vehicle extensively during their research on the lunar surface.
On the left, the Lunar Roving Vehicle peaks into the photo where scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt collects samples near a large boulder.
The Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules, containing astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt aboard, has completed rendezvous and docking maneuvers. The Scientific Instrument Module of the Service Module contains three experiments — the lunar sounder, the infrared scanning spectrometer and the far-ultraviolet spectrometer.
During the second EVA of the Apollo 17 mission, scientist-astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar soil and rock samples for study. In the image, NASA tools are visible: the gnomon in the foreground on a rock, a color scale, a scoop and more.
Across the desolate lunarscape the Lunar Roving Vehicle breaks up the dusty view. Astronaut Schmitt collects orange soil.