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Spacecraft "Apollo-17"


BRIEFLY ABOUT SPACECRAFT
Registration number 1972-096A(,C) / 06300(,06307)
Time and date of launch (UTC) 05h.33m.00s.   December 07, 1972
Launch site Cape Canaveral, LC 39-A
Launch vehicle Saturn-5
Spacecraft mass (kg) 52740
Orbital parameters:
   - inclination (degrees) 28.5
   - period (minutes) 87.8
   - perigee (km) 167
   - apogee (km) 167
Time and date of landing (UTC) 19h.24m.59s.   December 19, 1972
Place of landing 17.88 S; 166.11 W, miss distance 1.8 km (Pacific Ocean)
Duration 12d.13h.51m.59s.
Distance (km) 2.39 million
Number of revolutions around Earth 2
Summary 6th manned lunar landing. LM was at the surface of the Moon for 75h. For the mission of Cernan and Schmitt, the total time spent outside the LM was 22h.04m.; the total distance travelled in the lunar rover vehicle was 36 km; vehicle drive time was 4h.29m.; and the collected samples totalled 110 kg. The farthest point travelled from the LM was 7.3 km.



CREW
Ord.
num.
Status Main Backup Reserved
1 Cdr Cernan, Eugene Andrew Young, John Watts Overmyer, Robert Franklin
2 CMP Evans, Ronald Ellwin Roosa, Stuart Allen Parker, Robert Allan Ridley
3 LMP Schmitt, Harrison Hagan Duke, Charles Moss, Jr. Fullerton, Charles Gordon
Call sign America / Challenger


TIMELINE
Date Time (UTC) Spaceship's revo-
lution number
Explanation
Dec 07, 1972 05:33:00
Lift-off spacecraft "Apollo-17"   (crew: Cernan,   Evans,   Schmitt ).
Dec 07, 1972 08:45:36
S-IVB second burn ignition (for translunar orbit)
Dec 07, 1972 08:51:27
Engine cutoff
Dec 07, 1972 09:15:27
CSM separated from LM/S-IVB
Dec 07, 1972 09:30:10
CSM docked with LM/S-IVB
Dec 07, 1972 10:18:02
Separation of CSM from Saturn-IVB
Dec 10, 1972 04:10:25
Equigravisphere
Dec 10, 1972 19:47:22
Lunar orbit insertion ignition
Dec 10, 1972 19:53:55
Engine cutoff
Dec 11, 1972 17:20:56
CSM/LM undocked
Dec 11, 1972 19:42:53
LM powered descent engine ignition
Dec 11, 1972 19:54:58
Engine cutoff
Dec 11, 1972 19:54:58
LANDING of LM on the Moon surface occurred at 19:54:57 GMT (02:54:57 p.m. EST) on December 11. The spacecraft landed in the Taurus-Littrow region at latitude 20.1653° north and longitude 30.7658° east, within 656 feet of the planned landing point. Approximately 117 seconds of engine firing time remained at landing.
Dec 11, 1972 23:54:49
1st EVA started ( Cernan   and Schmitt);   LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 12, 1972 07:06:42
1st EVA ended; duration for Cernan   and Schmitt   7h.11m.53s.; LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 12, 1972 23:28:06
2nd EVA started ( Cernan   and Schmitt);   LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 13, 1972 07:05:02
2nd EVA ended; duration for Cernan   and Schmitt   7h.36m.56s.; LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 13, 1972 22:25:48
3rd EVA started ( Cernan   and Schmitt);   LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 14, 1972 05:40:56
3rd EVA ended; duration for Cernan   and Schmitt   7h.15m.08s.; LM of spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 14, 1972 22:54:37
LM lunar liftoff ignition (LM ASP)
Dec 15, 1972 01:10:15
LM docked with CSM
Dec 15, 1972 04:51:31
LM ascent stage jettisoned
Dec 16, 1972 23:35:09
Transearth injection ignition (SPS)
Dec 16, 1972 23:37:32
Engine cutoff
Dec 17, 1972 20:27:40
Transearth EVA started ( Evans);   spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 17, 1972 21:33:24
EVA ended; duration for Evans   1h.05m.44s.; spacecraft "Apollo-17"  
Dec 19, 1972 18:56:49
CM/SM separation
Dec 19, 1972 19:11:38
Entry
Dec 19, 1972 19:24:59
Splashdown of spacecraft "Apollo-17"   (crew: Cernan,   Evans,   Schmitt ).

Source: Apollo By The Numbers, 1996 by © Richard W. Orloff
(used with permission)



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