A perfect ending to the final Apollo — science newsDecember 23, 1972
The Apollo program ends this week. The last of the Moonmen…returned to Earth…and splashed down on a target in the Pacific on Dec. 19…all surface and orbital instruments appear to be working except the surface gravimeter…Geological survey team concludes This way: “Apollo 17 will be remembered as the most scientifically advanced, not the last manned moon landing.”
The Apollo missions continue to increase our understanding of the Moon and Earth.The scientists used the apollo astronaut shows that growing plants on the moon, while challenging, might be possible (SN: 7/2/22, p. 4). In May, NASA researchers began to scrutinize Untouched lunar rock and soil samples from the Apollo 17 mission Search for clues to past lunar conditions and chemicals essential to life. Then in November, a new era of lunar missions began with NASA’s launch. Artemis I mission. NASA hopes to land humans on the Moon by 2025, continuing where the Apollo 17 astronauts left off.