Blue Dot: Apollo 17 @ 50 Part 1 (12/10/2022)

Night launch of Apollo 17, December 7, 1972

Blue Dot’s Apollo@50 series nears its conclusion with part one of our look back at the final lunar mission, Apollo 17. The final of three spectacular scientific explorations of the Apollo Program which began with Apollo 15, Apollo 17 featured the only scientist to fly up to that point for NASA, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt. Commanded by veteran astronaut and the “last man on the Moon,” Eugene Cernan, the mission also featured Command Module Pilot Ron Evans, the only Viet Nam combat veteran to fly to the Moon. Interviews include historian Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on The Moon, Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin and the wife of the late astronaut Ron Evans, Jan Evans. We also visit with two scientists, Jim Head and Gerry Schaber, who worked closely together on the Apollo geology team and who both were close at the time with Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the only geologist to ever set foot on another world. It’s part one of Apollo@50’s grand finale!

Airs Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 9am


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