Crescent Earthrise prior
to TEI, lunar farside in the foreground. Apollo 17, the last lunar
manned flight, was launched December 7, 1972. The Apollo 17 crew Commander
Eugene A. Cernan and Command Module Pilot Ronald E. Evans, splashed down
in the Pacific Ocean on December 19, 1972. Astronauts Cernan and Schmitt
spent 75 hours in the Taurus-Littrow mountainous region of the moon, southeast
of the Serenitatis Basin.