Apollo 17 Launch
A Saturn V rocket streaks toward space on the night of December 17, 1972, carrying the Apollo 17 crew, the last astronauts to explore the Moon. Leaving the lunar surface, Commander Gene Cernan said "we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." NASA is striving toward that goal with a bold new Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for renewed explorations of the Moon as well as journeys to Mars and beyond.
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