On this day in 1972, at 10:54PM, the ascent stage of Apollo 17’s LM fired, Challenger shot into the inky black sky while the on board camera from the Lunar Rover filmed it.
This was the last of the Apollo lunar missions, and the last time man set foot upon the moon.
“I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I’d like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. “Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”