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APOLLO 17 EUGENE A.CERNAN

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he association Chasseurs de Nuits is celebrating 50 years since the Moon landing with this image from the Apollo 17 mission produced by NASA. Taken on 7 December 1972, it features American astronaut Eugene A. Cernan. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 82 and was the eleventh walker on the Moon, remaining, to date, the last man to have set foot on its surface. Initially co-pilot aboard the lunar module of the Apollo 10 mission that performed a rehearsal of the Mon landing by approaching to within 14 km of its surface. Finally, he commanded the Apollo 17 mission, the last mission of the Apollo programme. During this mission, along with his crewmate Harrison H. Schmitt he undertook three extra-vehicular excursions, for a total duration of 22 hours in the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The two astronauts collected over 100 kg of lunar rocks and covered 36 km aboard their vehicle, setting a new record in all these domains.

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