40 years ago today the last man walked on the Moon
Forty years ago today, December 13, 1972, Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan (pictured) and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt took the last human footsteps on the Moon. Cernan was the last man to leave the surface. Apollo 17 was the last crewed flight to go beyond low Earth orbit and was the longest manned lunar landing flight. The mission also had the longest total lunar surface extravehicular activities, the largest lunar sample return, and the longest time in lunar orbit.