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The end of an era - the last manned Apollo lunar landing mission, the sixth of the series, the seventh planned and featured the first geologist to walk on the moon. Commanding the mission and destined to be the last man of Apollo to leave his boot prints in the lunar material was Gene Cernan, Command Module Pilot was Ron Evans and geologist Jack Schmitt was assigned LM Pilot. Apollo 17 was the closing chapter of a spectacular programme but set the stage for the second phase of manned lunar exploration, of extended surface operations and orbital investigations and in time expeditions to the lunar far side. Unfortunately no one at the time thought it would take nearly half a century before the capability to return humans to the moon would become reality.
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