Posted on December 13, 2017
On this date in 1972, two astronauts walked on the Moon.
It was their third Moonwalk.
They were two of only twelve humans to ever walk on the Moon.
And - so far - they are the LAST humans to walk on the Moon.
On this date in 1972, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt exited their Apollo 17 Lunar Module to collect 146 pounds (66 kg) of rocks and lunar samples and to take gravimeter readings.
They took the Lunar Rover to some interesting looking formations, including the Sculptured Hills and an odd crater.
They explored, they took pictures - but they were more scientists than tourists.
|Eugene Cernan was an engineer and a fighter pilot.|
|Harrison Schmitt was a geologist.|
And they knew that they were the last, for now. The two astronauts unveiled a plaque that commemorated the achievements of the Apollo program.
Cernan and Schmitt hoped that their "last ever" status wouldn't last long. They hoped that their records - longest moon landing, longest total moonwalks, largest lunar sample, longest time in lunar orbit - would be broken soon.
But it's been 45 years, and their records still stand.
Let's go back to the Moon!!
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