Apollo 17, from December 7–19, 1972, was the last human mission to the moon…
July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which took humans to the moon in 1969. Six additional lunar excursions followed, five of which were successful. In 1972, Apollo 17 was the last manned Moon mission after Apollo missions were canceled in 1970.
The 12-day mission from December 7 to 19 achieved records for longest spacewalk, longest lunar landing, and largest lunar samples returned to Earth. The last man left the moon 50 years ago.
Why haven’t mankind returned to the moon?
The main factors are money and priorities. John F. Kennedy’s 1962 ‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ address vowed that an American would walk on the moon before the end of the decade, sparking the race to place Americans on the moon.
Nasa’s funding cuts ended the Apollo program after the 1969 moon landing fulfilled that promise.
Humans will return to the moon when?
NASA’s Artemis Program aims to send humans to the moon by 2024 and create a permanent human presence to allow recurrent lunar visits.
SpaceX plans to launch humans into lunar orbit. DearMoon would take a week and get them within 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the moon.
Apollo 17, from December 7–19, 1972, was the last human mission to the Moon. Twelve men walked on the Moon during Apollo’s six landings from July 1969 to December 1972.
The Apollo 11 mission of 1969 was followed by six successful moon landings. Apollo 17, from December 7–19, 1972, was the last human mission to the Moon. After 50 years, NASA’s Artemis Program is now looking to send humans to the moon to establish a permanent human presence for lunar visits. SpaceX plans to launch humans into lunar orbit, with DearMoon taking a week to reach the moon.