Flashback Friday – “Apollo 17” NASA pamphlet, 1972

Here is another item you won’t find anywhere online, on the belief that just as we never know where we may end up, it’s best to upload to the cloud while we can.

Download the pamphlet as an OCR’ed .pdf

This hand-out pamphlet, “Apollo 17,” was likely given to employees, the press, and the public sometime in 1972. The Apollo 17 mission from December 7-19, 1972, was NASA’s last mission to the Moon as part of the Apollo program.

Humans have not returned to the Moon since, but it is timely to look back as massive rockets capable of supporting human lunar exploration missions are once again launching or on the verge of their first test launches.

Cover, 1972 NASA pamphlet, “Apollo 17”
Opening pages of the 1972 NASA pamphlet, “Apollo 17”
Middle pages of the 1972 NASA pamphlet, “Apollo 17”. “Taurus-Littrow is expected to help fill in the major gaps in the developing model.of the Moon as based upon Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 data. The current model shows a complex Moon which formed about 4 1/2 billion years ago and which was subjected to intense cratering.”

If it looks like the schedule of events for the mission had an extensive set of objectives, it did. Apollo 17 was the longest of the Apollo lunar missions, with the most extravehicular activity on the lunar surface.

Latter pages of the 1972 NASA pamphlet, “Apollo 17.” By this 6th lunar landing, the Lunar Rover Vehicle was traveling miles away from the lunar lander. “The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) for Apollo 17 will travel about 10 kilometers (6 statute miles) farther and will have a loaded weight of 27 kilograms (60 pounds) more than previous models. Plans call for the Apollo 17 lunar rover to cover about 37 kilometers (23 statute miles). Astronauts John Young and Charles Duke rode 27 kilometers (nearly 17 statute miles) in the Hadley-Apennine area when the first LRV was used in August 1971.”

1972 NASA pamphlet, “Apollo 17,” opened, front and back cover.

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