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Table 2-45. Apollo 17 Characteristics

 

Date of launch (ETR launch complex #):

Dec. 7, 1972

Official mission designation:

AS-512

Spacecraft designation (name):

SM-114

CM-114 (America)

LM-12 (Challenger)

Launch vehicle designation (Class):

SA-512 (Saturn V)

Spacecraft weight (kg):

48 622

Spacecraft shape, dimensions (m):

see table 2-37

Crew:

Eugene A. Cernan, Commander; Ronald E. Evans, CM Pilot; Harrison H. Schmitt, LM Pilot

Backup crew:

John W. Young, Commander; Stuart A. Roosa, CM Pilot; Charles M. Duke, Jr., LM Pilot

Apogee/perigee at insertion (km):

171.3 x 168.9

No. of earth orbits:

2

Period:

approx. 90 min.

Lunar orbit parameters (km):

314.8 x 97.4 at insertion; 129.6 x 100 circularized

No. of lunar orbits:

75

Lunar landing coordinates:

20°13 N, 30°45'E (Taurus-Littrow)

Time on lunar surface:

74:59:40

Lunar EVA time (# of excursions):

22:03:57 (3)

Length of mission:

301:51:59 (12+ days)

Mission events (date, time, ground elapsed time):

.

launch

Dec. 7

12:33:00 a.m. EST

00:00:00

S-IC engine cutoff

.

 

12:35:41

00:02:41

Sell engine cutoff

12:42:19

00:09:19

earth orbit insertion

12:44:53

00:11:53

translunar injection

3:45:37

03:12:37

CSM-S-IVB separation

4:15:29

03:42:29

CSM-LM docking

4:39:45

03:56:45

lunar orbit insertion

Dec. 10

2:47:23 p.m.

86:14:23

CSM-LM separation

Dec. 11

12:20:56 p.m.

107:47:56

lunar landing

.

2:54:57

110:21:57

begin 1st EVA

6:54:49

114:21:49

end 1st EVA

Dec. 12

2:06:42 a.m.

121:33:42

begin 2d EVA

.

6:28:06 p.m.

137:55:06

end 2d EVA

Dec. 13

2:05:02 a.m.

145:32:02

begin 3d EVA

.

5:25:48 p.m.

160:52:48

end 3d EVA

Dec. 14

12:40:56 a.m.

168:07:56

lunar liftoff

Dec. 14

5:54:37 p.m.

185:21:37

LM-CSM docking

.

8:10:15

187:37:15

LM jettison

11:51:31

191:18:31

transearth injection

Dec. 16

6:35:09 p.m.

234:02:09

CM-SM separation

Dec. 19

1:56:49 p.m.

301:23:49

splashdown

.

2:24:59

301:51:59

Earth landing coordinates:

17°53'S, 166°7' W (Pacific O.)

Recovery ship:

USS Ticonderoga (crew onboard in 52 min.)

Mission objectives:

Lunar landing mission to perform selenological inspection, survey, and sampling of the Taurus-Littrow region with a special emphasis on geological tasks; deploy an ALSEP; conduct in-flight experiments and photography.

Results:

All objectives were achieved. The crew traveled 35 km in LRV-3 and collected 117 kg of lunar samples.

Reference: JSC, "Apollo 17 Mission Report," JSC-07904, March 1973.


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