December 19 1972 – Apollo 17, the Last Manned Mission to the Moon, Returns to Earth

December 19 1972 – Apollo 17, the Last Manned Mission to the Moon, Returns to Earth5 (100%) 3 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Twelve days after launching from Kennedy Space Center, the three-man crew of Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 19, 1972. The last of six missions that successfully put men on the moon, the program fell victim to budget cuts and shrinking interest from the public. As a rescue helicopter from the USS Ticonderoga recovered them, Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmidt closed a chapter of momentous exploration that defined the Space Race. Hardly more than a decade before, President of the United […]