Friday, December 14, 2012
Last lift-off from the Moon 14 Dec. 1972
Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt successfully lifted off from the lunar surface in the ascent stage of the Lunar Module on December 14, 1972 at 5:55 PM EST marking the last time humans were on the surface of the Moon. After a successful rendezvous and docking with Ron Evans in the Command/Service Module in orbit, the crew transferred equipment and lunar samples between the LM and the CSM for return to Earth. No humans have been back to the Moon since this day forty years ago.