The thirty-ninth anniversary of the last moonwalk

December 14, 2011 By Amy Shira Teitel, Universe Today
Scientist-astronaut Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt stands next to a huge, split lunar boulder during the third Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), which transported Schmitt and Eugene A. Cernan to this extravehicular station from their Lunar Module (LM), is seen in the background. This image is a mosaic made from two pictures taken by Cernan. Image Credit: NASA/Eugene Cernan

On December 13, 1972, Apollo 17 Commander Eugene A. Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Harrison H. “Jack” Schmitt made the final lunar EVA or moonwalk of the final Apollo mission. Theirs was the longest stay on the Moon at just over three days and included over twenty-two hours spent exploring the lunar surface during which they collected over 250 pounds of lunar samples.

To commemorate the thirty-ninth anniversary of this last EVA, NASA posted a picture of Schmitt on the lunar surface as its ’Image of the Day.’ 

Apollo 17 launched on a Saturn V rocket on December 7, 1972. Four days later on December 11, Cernan and Schmitt moved into the Lunar Module Challenger and descended to a touchdown in the Taurus-Littrow valley. Command Module Pilot Ron Evans, meanwhile, stayed in orbit aboard the Command Module America.

Cernan's Apollo 17 lunar suit is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, just one of the 137 million Apollo-era artifacts in the museum's collection. Credit: National Air and Space Museum

The Taurus-Littrow valley was chosen as the best landing spot to take advantage of Apollo 17’s capabilities. It was a “J mission,” one designed for extended EVAs that would take the further from the LM than any previous missions using the Lunar Rover. It was also a geologically interesting area. Here, the astronauts would be able to reach and collect samples from the old lunar highlands as well as relatively young volcanic regions. For this latter goal, ’s greatest tool was its LMP, Schmitt.

When NASA began looking for its first group of astronauts in 1959, candidates had to be affiliated with the military, trained engineers, and have logged at least 1,500 hours of flying time in jets. The same basic criteria were applied to the second and third group of astronauts selected in 1962 and 1963 respectively.

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2.5 / 5 (6) Dec 14, 2011
Yeah, next year it will be the fortieth anniversary, the year after it will be the forty-first anniversary...I getting sick of all the rehashes, reminiscences, reminders et al. It just shows an agency that have nothing new to brag so it resorted to yesterdays' achievements. Tragic. Sad.
1 / 5 (2) Dec 14, 2011
It's more of a recognition of Stanley Kubricks film making ability.
1.1 / 5 (9) Dec 14, 2011
That was indeed a sad time when the Apollo program ended, apparently as part of an international agreement to avoid the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation by uniting nations against an imaginary common enemy - Anthropogenic Global Climate Change.

See: "Deep roots of the global climate scandal (1971-2011)"

And: "NASA finally starts asking questions (14 Dec 2011)"


With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
1 / 5 (9) Dec 14, 2011
NASA has belatedly started asking questions, . . .

Giving $1.4 M to Washington University to confirm or deny reports that silicon carbide (SiC) grains in the Murchison meteorite are "fall-out" particles from the supernova explosion that made our elements.

That question was answered 15 years ago by Kuroda and Myers using data from Washington University, but NASA, the US NAS, the UK's RS, and the UN's IPCC apparently didn't want anyone to know that Earth's heat source - the Sun - is not stable as claimed by world leaders and the UN's IPCC, but violently unstable remains of a supernova that gave birth to the Solar Syatem five billion (5 Gyr) ago.

Here's the story with links to data and observations:

1 / 5 (9) Dec 14, 2011
Tonight there are reports of last ditch efforts to save the AGW fable. It won't work:




5 / 5 (3) Dec 14, 2011
how did i know i would find a bunch of nonsense conspiracy posts from oliver? oh yeah, he does it all the time. Anyway, oliver, that is a bunch of horseshit. Their is no global conspiracy to hold back your neutron repulsion theory of the sun, whats holding it back is the lack of any evidence not written by you or a friend who used your work as a basis. if thats not the case then you claim old obsolete data supports you when newer data clearly refutes it.
not rated yet Dec 15, 2011
I pity the poor bastards who grew up reading & watching sci-fi, becoming nextgen astronauts...only to essentially become greasemonkeys in orbit, if even that.

Nah, it is heaps more fun to blow $bazillions on silly primitive religious wars and all.
1 / 5 (8) Dec 15, 2011
1. Today Big Brother is Scared:





2. Dangerous; May seize police control:


3. Out of control, like a "Delinquent Teenager";sr=1-1

4. But "Fear not, the Universe is in good hands!"

Dec 15, 2011
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4.4 / 5 (7) Dec 16, 2011
Pretty vile lies there Oliver. Do you hate yourself that much that you have to lie about so many others to make yourself feel better? One lie after the next all your life.

There is no Iron Sun. There is no Neutron Repulsion. And there is nothing of decency or morality within you.

You will not become a moral person by telling lies. Your idiotic theories will not become real by telling lies about real scientists. Your children will not become whole by your continuing efforts to destroy even more lives.

5 / 5 (2) Dec 17, 2011
*knock knock* you hear that oliver? thats reality outside your door, ignoring it wont make it go away so you should at least try to accept it. i know im asking for something that will never happen but oliver while changing now could never redeem you totally it would still be a step in the right direction and maybe in your last few years on this earth you will actually realize what an immoral and ignorant man you have been and that as it sits now the world would of been a better place w/o you being born. the very few positives cant even scratch the huge amount of negatives.

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