“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Cernan • Evans • Schmitt

Launched: December 7, 1972 • Landed: December 11, 1972 • Splashdown: December 19, 1972


—“...America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow.” —

Cernan • Evans • Schmitt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. Cernan • Evans • Schmitt Marker
Apollo 17
Inscription. Commander Gene Cernan spoke these words as the last man to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 17 was the final Apollo mission and the crowning achievement of the entire Apollo program. The mission set numerous Apollo program records: the longest mission, the greatest amount of time on the Moon's surface, the largest lunar samples, and the longest period orbiting the Moon. The universally recognized “Blue Marble” photograph of Earth was taken during this flight. The mission was also the only nighttime Apollo launch. As another first, the crew included Harrison Schmitt - the only scientist (and professional geologist) to land on the Moon. To further the understanding of the Moon's composition, Schmitt and Cernan collected ancient lunar rocks and soil from 22 locations, bringing home 741 separate samples that weighed almost 250 pounds.
Location. 34° 42.663′ N, 86° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Young • Mattingly • Duke (here, next to this
Apollo 17 - Cernan • Evans • Schmitt image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Apollo 17 - Cernan • Evans • Schmitt
marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (here, next to this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (here, next to this marker); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (here, next to this marker); Conrad • Gordon • Bean (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (a few steps from this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (a few steps from this marker); Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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