'Fly Me to the Moon': The story of Apollo 17
Inside the last lunar landing
- Duration 7:50
- Date Dec 10, 2012
Inside the last lunar landing
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Not long after Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind in -- -- express and entered our lexicon.
If we can put a man on the moon why can't we you fill in the blind you know build a decent umbrella.
Keep chewing gum from sticking to -- soon.
A joke yes but -- showing how Americans viewed Apollo as the ultimate human but -- up to that point.
Or will it be.
For -- time.
I've been asked me tax policy -- to make it for shipment I knew.
That one I made that first -- it was mine nobody could ever taken away from me get.
Genes aren't in almost gave up that stances he's done most everything -- astronaut to do.
Even buzzing the moon and Apollo and -- he never said club on the lunar surface.
Still he turned down serving -- lunar module pilot for Apollo sixteen's hoping to command a flight of his own.
There was no guarantee there would even be an Apollo seventeen -- anything out yet he was given the final flight in the program.
This is the last still valuable land and develop properly because this is -- to be the best right.
It's true Ron Evans in the first nonmilitary -- restaurant and geologist Harrison Jack -- The launched America's first ever at night -- took place on December 7 yeah 1970s and the -- went smoothly.
Well looking back at the Earth's and it snapped this -- -- now known as the blue marble picture.
We had our view of -- nearly four and I took that from about.
34000 miles away NASA tells me it's still -- most requested photograph from the Apollo archives.
Apollo seventeen arrived at the moon on December 11.
And during the descent to the surface.
Cern and learned that being in command while not.
His ads heavy burden you had to change some things the last at that to get -- but -- you can't push to stop button and say apple.
We got a problem let's -- talk about it.
You get down to about 200 feet.
And work within what we call that -- -- where it did decent pensions fail.
You cannot -- fast enough to fire the -- and -- and get out there and go pick him or.
One way or the other you're gonna -- and I and then when it touched the surface blue light that says.
Shut the -- down.
Because if you landed.
With the -- Bernie it's possible that pressure could have exploded.
The engine and of course.
But we're usual day so like -- -- in -- you press the button and -- boom and all of a sudden your feelings.
Positive gravity and the first thing I remember it is.
Looking inhabit this mountainous.
And realized that I -- now.
-- no human being has ever been before.
-- got to be a lot of old golf ball but I live vicariously.
The total time we were outside the spacecraft on those intrusions putting too that's the longest that any -- -- outside spacecraft rap against -- You wanted to be out there and remove all the time -- Schmidt.
And Ron -- a beautiful beautiful and I said listen casualty company is -- -- I would -- -- darker blue.
In shorts and they did an idea and I think we are strongly but it was a natural response to -- -- -- -- but going out further and staying out longer left them exposed to the lunar elements.
Every minute he's spent outside involve risks as -- -- discovered.
The lunar rover.
Concern -- to -- on the finger broken off thus returning now.
When you and equipment.
That and on the moon.
Just equals disaster thus affects the from a absorption and soon you get warmer in the suit you use up cooling water.
Much faster in the directs on the temperature of the moon's surface rises well above the point.
It took some time but we clamped new -- slap on made taped together photographs.
That worked extremely well for the rest of needless to say we became moderate members of many automotive repair for a couple close calls.
He got dots on his face he could have burnt out when you leave the -- you'd be YouTube which is so often in this new environment at risk people said we got a lot of cuts and he.
-- time I was doing I didn't go to them.
Not to come back.
And soon enough.
It was time to conduct but not before the -- -- the year blooming with color atmosphere and wide in a -- black sky.
I can promise you if I could think every human being with me for five minutes standing next -- -- of them.
-- -- -- -- -- -- The world might very will be a better place to live there's no question in my mind that it is a creator.
But -- you just know anything that states but once you're supposed to seat.
What you -- this is not to dust particles that team together degraded as an energy and eventually life is it just inconceivable.
On December 14 1972.
And after collecting.
Pounds of lunacy.
The most of any group the mission was so I started up the -- and I looked dominant month.
-- -- I knew I was coming back to sway the -- -- to your -- to color blues and oceans white's personal -- not tumbling through space.
-- purpose and in order.
Attorney and I'm anxious storm started that the letter -- I was looking for the proverbial free because I wanted to keep this moment going for one.
America's got let -- of the day.
-- the ball.
You -- less human being to touch that surface.
How does that make you feel.
-- -- -- -- -- Thank god willing as we Hillary third and -- man I'm.
God created approval -- ability.
I'm convinced that -- -- program welcome back the country needs to have something to.
Proud look how far we -- seven -- my grandmother on a farm in Michigan -- tell them no electricity and out of house and she watched.
First -- walk.
Her life like to see -- next generation leave footprints like -- -- I had hoped that that happens.
It's been forty years since we left them.
Most of the Apollo astronauts thought that -- back or reach for even more distant bills.
After all that is the very nature of civilizations it continually build on our great accomplishments.
Yes the space program has continued and yes the technology of that space shuttle Mars rover could -- But we can equal the jaw dropping human accomplishments of Apollo.
Or captured the imagination of younger Americans -- quite the same way.
And -- -- national debt now nearly reaching to the movement.
It's kinda hard to see taxpayers' spending much on space flight anytime soon.
But may be made by spending a little time looking back we -- at least learn new.
The -- and Apollo showed us if we Americans that are sights on -- go and summon the collective will achieve it.
In the sky.
Isn't the limit.