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August 20, 2012

To Land on the Moon, 1971

Apollo 15 embarked in July of 1971 and was the fourth mission in which humans walked on the moon. Two astronauts, Commander David R. Scott and LM (Lunar Module) pilot James B. Irwin, are shown during their 4 days on the lunar surface. Shortly thereafter, the Apollo 17 mission landed, in December of 1972, and would be the sixth and final mission in which humans would roam the moon.

The photographs from the 17th mission include Commander Eugene A. Cernan, LM pilot Harrison H. Schmitt and CM (Command Module) pilot Ronald E. Evans. Some activities depicted in the collection of twelve images include; the retrieval of a film canister on the outside of a spacecraft, the preparation of a LRV (Lunar Roving Vehicle), collection of lunar samples and, of course, the overall exploration of the moon’s surface.

Schmitt with Flag and Earth Above

Lunar Activities During the Apollo 15 Mission

Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt Collects Lunar Rock Samples

Astronaut Irwin with LRV

Astronaut James Irwin gives salute beside U.S. flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA)

Apollo 17 Astronaut Evans Retrieves Film Canister During Space Walk

Cernan Driving the Rover

Apollo 17 onboard photo of area near the Valley of Tourus-Littrow on the lunar surface

Apollo 17 Lunarscape: A Magnificent Desolation

Apollo 17 Command/Service modules photographed from lunar module in orbit

Scott Gives Salute

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) during the Apollo 15 mission, July, 1971



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