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Forum:Mercury - Gemini - Apollo
Topic:December 7-19, 1972: Remembering Apollo 17
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mark plasThe NOS the Dutch news Network has posted the original coverage of Apollo 17.
BlackarrowTonight marks exactly 40 years since I last watched astronauts working on the surface of the Moon, live on TV. The third Apollo 17 EVA started on the evening of Wednesday 13th December, 1972. The BBC planned to cover the first part, and we did indeed see the preliminary work around "Challenger" as Cernan and Schmitt loaded up the rover.

The drive northwards to Station 6 obviously produced no TV, and the BBC's time on the transatlantic satellite relay was running out. Finally, live TV appeared again and for a few tantalising minutes I was able to watch the astronauts working on a very steep slope in the vicinity of a huge boulder (the "split rock" that produced memorable photographs). Suddenly it was all over. The BBC had to shut down its transmissions for the night. The only other TV channels (BBC 2 and ITV) had long since closed down. And that was the last time I saw live TV of men on the surface of the Moon. The next day would bring highlights of EVA 3 and of course the dramatic live coverage of "Challenger" launching back into lunar orbit, but I had seen my last views of those iconic white suits bouncing across the grey backdrop of the Moon. I miss those days.

WhizzospaceSo sad to think these were final moments.

I recall seeing a red/orange flag on top of a seismic charge, and CAPCOM asking what that object was in the background. For a fleeting moment, we thought, hmm, maybe an artifact from other alien visitors?

I clearly remember Jack Schmitt very excitedly saying "There is orange soil here!"

And I sadly recall those well-said final words that Captain Cernan speaks quite memorably in interviews.

The last real (as opposed to 'Internet-assisted') recall I have is the LRV TV camera briefly showing the empty descent stage. As a kid I remember thinking, "but there's no one left to look."

Whizzospace And 40 years ago today, the last lunar crew splashed down, and came aboard the USS Ticonderoga. I do remember on deck coverage quite clearly, and just enjoyed re-watching Mark Gray's DVD version.

As naval officers and aviators, CAPT Cernan and CDR (soon to be CAPT) Evans were in a familiar world. Dr. Schmitt, speaking very briefly and jokingly, apologized for not being Navy, but noted he sure enjoyed being part of the team that day.

Still not sure if I like those old mustard-colored flight suits though.

Superb work, last Moon crew. "Godpseed the crew of Apollo 17."

APG85Hate the Mustard colored flight flight suits. I like the white...
Fra MauroI had a Christmas party for my space club in school yesterday and we watched parts of "On the Shoulders of Giants" and "From the Earth to the Moon."
Paul78zephyrWho was the launch CAPCOM for Apollo 17?

This website says it was Gordon Fullerton but this lists the CAPCOM as Bob Overmyer.

Clearly if you listen to the launch audio the astronauts are speaking with 'Bob'.

mach3valkyrieIt was Bob Overmyer.
Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
It was Bob Overmyer.
And indeed there is Bob Overmyer seen behind Gene Kranz in Mission Control during the launch delay.

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