Apollo 17 launched on 12 December 1972. Captain Eugene A. Cernan, USN, served as commander. Commander Ronald E. Evans, USN, was command module pilot. Apollo 17 featured the most extensive lunar exploration of the program, with three moonwalks that each lasted more than seven hours. The mission lasted 12 days, 13 hours and 52 minutes. Recovery was by HC-1 helicopters from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14).
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