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News Archive / Tagged: Apollo 17

  • 50-year-old Apollo Moon samples unsealed for the first time

    Theresa CrossApril 1st, 2022

    Moon rock and dust samples collected by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972, “sealed for posterity” 50 years ago, were unlocked from their celestial time capsule.

  • Astronaut Mark Kelly announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2019

    Four-time Space Shuttle veteran Mark Kelly let the world know on Twitter that he is going to try to join the U.S. Senate.

  • Funeral service held for Eugene Cernan in Houston

    Jason RhianJanuary 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When most people think of the 12 men who first walked on the Moon, they probably don't think of Eugene Cernan. They should. Cernan, a naval aviator, was one of the core astronauts that made the Apollo Program's historic landings possible. His life after NASA was as important as his time with the agency training to ride fire.

  • The last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan, passes away at 82

    Bart LeahyJanuary 16th, 2017

    Astronaut Eugene "Gene" A. Cernan died today, Jan. 16, 2017, at age 82. He flew into space three times – aboard Gemini IX in 1966, Apollo 10 in 1969, and as commander of Apollo 17 in 1972. While he resented the hiatus in human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, he is still known by the title noted in his autobiography, “The Last Man on the Moon.”

  • Harrison Schmitt talks SLS during MSFC visit

    Scott JohnsonNovember 1st, 2016

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt was in Huntsville on Thursday, Oct. 27, to speak at the 28th Annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner. The event was held in concert with the 9th Annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium and SFI had the chance to speak with Schmitt at a UAH media event organized by Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Review: The Last Man on the Moon

    Jason RhianMarch 17th, 2016

    WINTER PARK, Fla. — Former Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan knows a lot about making an impression: the imprints left by his boots still denote his presence as one of only twelve human beings to set foot on the Moon. In 1972, Cernan, along with Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, strode across the surface of our nearest celestial neighbor's surface on Apollo 17 – mankind's final mission to the Moon in the 20th century, a fact highlighted in a recent film.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 17 – NASA’s last manned mission to the Moon – 42 years later

    Jason RhianDecember 11th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fl — When one thinks of the space age, one thinks of gleaming white rockets and astronauts boldly exploring the cosmos. However, the most recent mission that saw astronauts travel beyond the gravitational sphere of our world – is now 42 years in the past. On Dec. 11, 1972, the last manned […]

  • Opinion: Mars One – Our destiny in space or an Insane pipe dream?

    Collin SkocikMay 11th, 2014

      Mars One is a non-profit foundation formed in 2011 with the intention of establishing the first human settlement on the planet Mars. This is not a fly-by-night operation; it is a serious endeavor founded by intelligent and capable experts who have researched the feasibility and the risks and are prepared to launch a one-way […]

  • Opinion: Forty-five years later – what does “One Giant Leap” mean?

    Collin SkocikApril 13th, 2014

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of a stubby, ungainly and fragile little spacecraft and became the first human being to set foot on another world. As he stepped cautiously into the lunar dust, he spoke the immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-five […]