Apollo 17 was the eleventh and final manned mission in the American Apollo space program. The mission launched on December 7, 1972, with a crew of Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt.
Apollo XVII Patch
The twelve-day-long Apollo 17 mission was the sixth and last Apollo lunar landing. Cernan and Schmitt stayed for three days on the lunar surface in the Taurus-Littrow valley collecting lunar samples and setting up scientific instruments.
Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, said when he returned to the Lunar Module for trip home: “As I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record — that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”
Apollo XVII Plaque
The Apollo 17 Plaque that was left on the moon read: “Here Man completed his first explorations of the Moon. December 1972 AD. May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind.” The Apollo 17 patch features the Apollo Belvedere looking over his shoulder into unexplored space.
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Mercury 3 Mission Badge
Manned Space Flight Programs included Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and the Apollo missions. Each mission included individual mission badges. Project Mercury was the United States’ first man-in-space program. Project Mercury was conducted from 1958 – 1963. The objectives were to place a manned spacecraft in orbital flight around the earth, investigate man’s performance capabilities and his ability to function in the environment of space and recover the man and the spacecraft safely. Six manned space flights were completed as part of a 25-flight program. The Mercury astronauts included Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, John H. Glenn Jr, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra Jr, Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr, and Donald K. Slayton.
Gemini 12 Mission Badge
Project Gemini was the secondU.S.manned space program which ran from 1962 – 1966. Gemini involved 10 two-man crews and two unmanned flights. The goals of Project Gemini were to subject man and equipment to space flight up to two weeks in duration, to rendezvous and dock with orbiting vehicles and to maneuver the docked combination by using the target vehicle’s propulsion system. The Gemini astronauts included Virgil Grissom, John Young, James McDivitt, Edward White II, Gordon Cooper Jr, Charles Conrad Jr, Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr, Walter Schirra Jr, Thomas Stafford, Neil Armstrong, David Scott, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Richard Gordon, and Edward Aldrin.
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