Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon of their lunar module Challenger on December 14, 1972. 5 days later, they splashed down safely within the Pacific, closing the Apollo 17 mission and turning into the final people to go to the lunar floor or enterprise anyplace past low-Earth orbit.

Now the worldwide Artemis program, lead by NASA, is aiming to place people again on the Moon by 2024. However it’s wanting more and more doubtless that this aim may very well be missed.

Image of President Nixon welcoming astronauts aboard the U S S Hornet.