Learning to Maneuver
During EVA training on a zero-gravity KC-135 aircraft, scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt practice deploying the Surface Electrical Properties Experiment.
Suspended in Space
The Saturn IVB stage floats in space before the Apollo 17 transposition and docking maneuvers are completed.
The Last Splashdown
In the South Pacific Ocean, the Apollo 17 Command Module nears splashdown, ending the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission and bringing the Apollo Program to the end.
The End of an Era
At the ocean surface, aboard the Apollo 17 Command Module, a US Navy diver awaits recovery of the vessel by the USS Ticonderoga. The crewmen have already been transferred by helicopter to the recover vessel.
Aboard the USS Ticonderoga, the three Apollo 17 crewmembers arrive after a helicopter ride from the splashdown site.
Back at the Lab
Inside the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center, samples of orange soil and more lunar rocks and dirt from the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission are opened and examined. Scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt faces the camera, ready to study the samples.
Contamination Not Welcome
Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, on the right, prepares to inspect some of the Apollo 17 lunar samples wearing special germ-free clothing to protect the samples.