Mon 14 Dec 2009
Thirty-seven years ago on Dec. 14, 1972, two Apollo 17 astronauts lifted off from the surface of the moon to rendezvous with their colleague in lunar orbit and return safely to Earth. Apollo 17 was last Apollo moon mission and Dec. 14 was the last time anyone stepped foot on the moon. Thirty-seven years later, far fewer than half of the world’s current population were alive when Gene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt left lunar orbit. Cernan likes to say that he wasn’t the last person on the moon, he was just the most recent.