Apollo 17

Apollo 17

Apollo 17 - 3D Virtual Tour

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Last Men On The Moon

The images that were used to compile this panorama were shot by NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan in December 1972 during the last Apollo mission as he and geologist Harrison Schmitt were roaming the valley floor of Taurus-Littrow. They spent about 75 hours on the Moon while their colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead.

The panorama shows Schmitt with the lunar rover at the edge of Shorty Crater, near the spot where he discovered orange lunar soil.

Panorama Compilation

• The pictures are from the color magazine 137/C of EVA-2 (frames 20991 to 21024).

• The audio that you hear is taken from a video clip that was shot from the lunar rover while Eugene was taking pictures.

• The image of the earth is from a picture that was shot earlier (frame 20961) as the earth is positioned well above the horizon, outside the view of the image sequence shot at that location.

• The exact location of the earth in the lunar sky was calculated using the astronomy tool “Stellarium”.

• The image of the missing sun was generated with Photoshop.

Where are the Stars?

The pictures provided by NASA don't show any stars as the light of the sun and its reflection on the lunar soil is so intense than the faint lights of the stars are not enough for them to be visible. At first, we tried using the simulated image of the lunar sky from Stellarium, but later decided to stay truth to what the astronauts saw when they looked up the sky and only saw the earth and the sun.

Photo Credit: NASA,
Scanned by: Kipp Teague,
Stitched by: Ercan Gigi

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