NASA 50th Anniversary Moment: Gene Cernan on Apollo 17

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NASA 50th Anniversary Moment: Gene Cernan on Apollo 17
 
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Apollo 17 built upon all of the other missions scientifically. We had a lunar rover, we were able to cover more ground than most of the other missions. We stayed there a little bit longer. We went to a more challenging unique area in the mountains, to learn something about the history and the origin of the moon itself.

The lunar rover was a tremendous asset. One of the things that we knew was going to give us problem was the lunar dust, the soil, very fine. Almost like graphite. And you throw it up. When you drive the rover it would throw up like a rooster tail. That was bad, and I was working around the rover, had a habit of putting my rock hammer in a pocket, leaned over and ripped one of the fenders off.

We had to fix it. Because otherwise a rooster tail of dust would really, really be bad. And the bottom line, we came up with a fix where we took some geology maps and taped them together in the spacecraft with, of all things, duct tape.

And then took a couple clamps from lights we had in the lunar module and clamped them to what was left of the fender. And it stopped the dust.

It did the job. It was a little human intervention on a positive side after we had a little bit of a problem.

 
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