This is the final part of my Apollo series. I talked about Apollo 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 in the last two parts of this series. In this instalment, I will talk about Apollo 16 and 17. Apollo 16 and 17 were the last manned missions to the moon. They weren’t just the last in the Apollo program, but they were the last time we ever walked on the moon. After this post, I might also write about the Mercury program, and the Gemini program. If I do that, I’ll probably write about some soviet programs, and current space programs as well. But, I still don’t know if I will do that.
Again, before I tell you about the missions, I wan’t to restate from the last posts that I will only give small summaries for the missions. I have given more resources at the bottom that either helped me, or provide more information. Anyway, on to the missions.
Apollo 16 was the second mission to send up a Moon Buggy/ Rover. They were able to explore far greater distances, when compared to how fast they could have travelled on foot. There were some problems with the rover on the first EVA. They used the rover in all three of their EVAs to explore a lot of the lunar surface.
Apollo 17 was the final manned mission to the moon, in the Apollo program, as well as the last manned mission to the moon currently. It’s been almost 50 years, so we haven’t been back to the moon in quite some time. They also carried a moon buggy with them. Apollo 17 is also the mission in which they took the famous “The Blue Marble” photograph. The two astronauts that went on to the lunar surface, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt, were the last people to ever walk on the moon (as of June 2021). They currently hold the record for longest time spent on the lunar surface, at around 22 hours each.
Those were the summaries of the last manned missions to the moon. The Apollo missions was the first time that man stepped foot on the Moon. It was also the last time that we stepped on the moon.
Resources that either helped me, and would provide greater detail than me: