Apollo Missions NASA / History
The final trip to the Moon
As of 2019, the last time anyone set foot on the Moon was during the Apollo 17 mission
The mission’s aims were to explore geological material on the Taurus-Littrow lunar highlands and to investigate volcanic activity
Schmitt and Cernan traveled great distances on the Moon by using the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), until, at the end of the first moonwalk, something went wrong
Part of the back right fender tore off the vehicle, pulled away by a hammer in Cernan’s pocket
Lunar dust could cause instruments to overheat and fail. While the astronauts slept, Mission Control devised a replacement fender extension using four maps of the Moon, duct tape, and a clamp.
Schmitt drove the rover approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) while on the Moon for the Apollo 17 mission