Apollo 17 Astronaut Cernan Adjusts U.S. Flag on Lunar Surface

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    Collection: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Collection
    Name of Image: Apollo 17 Astronaut Cernan Adjusts U.S. Flag on Lunar Surface

    Full Description: In this Apollo 17 onboard photo, Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan adjusts the U.S. flag deployed upon the Moon. The seventh and last manned lunar landing and return to Earth mission, the Apollo 17, carrying a crew of three astronauts: Cernan; Lunar Module pilot Harrison H. Schmitt; and Command Module pilot Ronald E. Evans, lifted off on December 7, 1972 from the Kennedy Space Flight Center (KSC). Scientific objectives of the Apollo 17 mission included geological surveying and sampling of materials and surface features in a preselected area of the Taurus-Littrow region, deploying and activating surface experiments, and conducting in-flight experiments and photographic tasks during lunar orbit and transearth coast (TEC). These objectives included: Deployed experiments such as the Apollo lunar surface experiment package (ALSEP) with a Heat Flow experiment, Lunar seismic profiling (LSP), Lunar surface gravimeter (LSG), Lunar atmospheric composition experiment (LACE) and Lunar ejecta and meteorites (LEAM). The mission also included Lunar Sampling and Lunar orbital experiments. Biomedical experiments included the Biostack II Experiment and the BIOCORE experiment. The mission marked the longest Apollo mission, 504 hours, and the longest lunar surface stay time, 75 hours, which allowed the astronauts to conduct an extensive geological investigation. They collected 257 pounds (117 kilograms) of lunar samples with the use of the Marshall Space Flight Center developed LRV. The mission ended on December 19, 1972

    Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
    MIX #: 7036672
    NIX #: MSFC-7036672
    MSFC Negative Number: 7036672
    UID: SPD-MARSH-7036672
    Original url: mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=2977

    SOURCE: nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/nasaNAS~9~9~60243~164090

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    Lovepumpkin, joe_engle, Catsbow, and 55 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. belkin59 42 months ago | reply

      Your pic becomes nominee of " National Geographic Group Award"
      Please add this photo to
      National Geographic Group
      please tag your photo as "ngc"

    2. Fabietto76°OZ 40 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Capture!

    3. Alejandro Gopar 39 months ago | reply

      No sabia que enviaran expertos en fotografia a la Luna, ni que los austranoautas supieran tanto de imagenes

    4. Fábio.Mattos 37 months ago | reply

      i love this photo

    5. mr.samcandid 36 months ago | reply

      Sir, whether this US Flag exist in the moon surface now ?

    6. neokazama 32 months ago | reply

      where the stars...?

    7. KevDog1888 30 months ago | reply

      Can't beat this!!

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