Transcript: Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants | Jun 06, 1999

A man through the radio says HEY, THAT IS ORANGE...
IT'S ALL OVER.
ORANGE.
IS THAT ORANGE, OR...
IT'S RIGHT UNDER MY FEET.
HEY, IT IS!
I'M STANDING RIGHT HERE.
IT'S ORANGE!
[Dialogue unintelligible]
BOY, IS THAT...
IT'S ORANGE!
IT SURE IS.
ORANGE!
[Rocket launching]

An opening slate reads "The Apollo Years."

A male announcer says ... APOLLO CONTROL AT 52
HOURS, 56 MINUTES, CAPCOM PAUL
WEISS IS GETTING READY TO PUT IN
A CALL TO THE CREW NOW.
(Playing "Reveille")

The title fades and another appears that reads "Apollo 17."

Another male announcer says APOLLO 12 ALL PRESENT AND
ACCOUNTED FOR, SIR.
(Rocket roaring)
[(music plays)]

A huge white rocket sits on a launch pad and begins the camera travels up the
full length of the impressive rocket. Clouds of smoke and flame rise as the
support gear is moved to one side. A period clip shows the rocket, conspicuously marked "U.S.A." rising on a pillar of fire and slowly gathering momentum. Observation post and Control Room scientists watch the launch and follow the rocket with binoculars.

A male announcer says WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
IN THIS DECADE AND DO THE OTHER
THINGS, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE
EASY, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.
Once in dark blue space, an onboard camera shows the separation of the launch section. The Earth appears at a distance. A clip shows the widely publicized shots of the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon and the Lander being launched.

Mission control says WELCOME TO THE MOON.

A man says THANK YOU.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says 10 percent FUEL.
(Astronauts speaking)

Mission control says 30 SECONDS.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says HOUSTON, TRANQUILLITY BASE
HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.
[(music plays)]
The shots show Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, the footprints on the dusty surface.

Next to the footprint, the title reads "The Apollo Years."

Now Marc Garneau appears on screen standing in a space museum. Marc is in his forties, has short, dark gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue polo shirt, and khaki pants.

Marc says HELLO, I'M MARC
GARNEAU AND THIS IS "THE APOLLO
YEARS."
GENE CERNAN HAD FLOWN TO THE
MOON IN APOLLO 10.
THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR A LUNAR
LANDING.
NOW, WITH APOLLO 17 HE HAD THE
DISTINCTION OF BEING THE LAST
MAN ON THE MOON IN THE VALLEY
OF TAURUS-LITTROW NEAR THE SEA
OF SERENITY.
ALONG WITH HARRISON SCHMITT,
HE'D BROKEN A LOT OF RECORDS.
THE LONGEST TIME SPENT ON THE
LUNAR SURFACE, 75 HOURS.
THE LONGEST DISTANCE DRIVEN ON
THE MOON.
THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF SAMPLES
RETURNED, AND WITH COMMAND
MODULE PILOT, RONALD EVANS, THE
LONGEST TIME IN LUNAR ORBIT.
IT WAS THE LONGEST, APOLLO
MISSION.
IT'S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE, BUT
TODAY WE DON'T EVEN HAVE THE
TECHNOLOGY TO RETURN TO THE
MOON.
IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE, AND AFTER
THE CHALLENGER DISASTER THE
APOLLO ERA TECHNOLOGY IS
CONSIDERED AN UNACCEPTABLE
RISK.
THEY WERE BRAVE MEN THE APOLLO
ASTRONAUTS.
TRUE ADVENTURERS.
TAKE A LOOK AT "APOLLO 17 ON
THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS," FOR
THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE.
[(music plays)]

The narrator says DECEMBER 6TH,
1972.
EUGENE CERNAN, VETERAN
ASTRONAUT AND COMMANDER OF
APOLLO 17.
HE WOULD BE THE LAST APOLLO
ASTRONAUT TO STAND ON THE
SURFACE OF THE MOON.
[Talking background]
[(music plays)]

The narrator says DR. HARRISON
SCHMITT, BETTER KNOWN AS JACK.
HE WOULD BE THE FIRST GEOLOGIST
TO SET FOOT ON AN ALIEN WORLD.
[Talking background]
[(music plays)]

The narrator says RONALD EVANS,
COMMAND MODULE PILOT.
HE WOULD REMAIN IN LUNAR ORBIT,
OPERATING A BATTERY OF
EXPERIMENTS THAT WOULD TAKE
THIS LAST CLOSE LOOK AT THE
MOON.
IN THE YEAR 1675, SIR ISAAC
NEWTON WAS ASKED BY HIS FELLOW
SCIENTIST, ROBERT HOOKE, HOW HE
HAD ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH?
IF I HAVE SEEN FURTHER NEWTON
WROTE, IT IS BY STANDING ON THE
SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.
[(music plays)]
[Talking background]

The title reads "Apollo 17, On the Shoulders of Giants."

The arm piece pulls away from the rocket and mission control says... HAS BEEN PRESSURIZED.
THE ENGINE WILL BUILD UP TO A
TORQUE OF 1.50 MILLION POUNDS.
IN 830 SECONDS WE HAVE A CUT
OFF.
WE HAVE A CUT OFF AT 830
SECONDS.
THIS CUT OFF WAS AUTOMATIC DONE
BY THE SEQUENCERS.

Dr. Rocco Petrone appears on screen with a caption that reads "Dr. Rocco Petrone, Director Apollo Program." He is in his forties, has short, curly, dark brown hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue suit, white shirt, and a dark tie.

Dr. Rocco Petrone says ONE
COMMAND, PRESSURIZED YES FOR...

Dr. Rocco Petrone says V-STAGE
WAS NOT GIVEN, AND DESPITE THE
FACT THAT IT WAS GONNA BE DONE
MANUALLY...

Dr. Rocco Petrone says THE
SEQUENCER IN EFFECT SAID I
DIDN'T TELL YOU TO DO IT AND
THEREFORE YOU CAN'T BE DOING
IT.
SO AT 30 SECONDS WE VERY
PROPERLY STOPPED THE OPERATION.
SO WE CONCLUDED THAT WE WERE
SAFE AND WE GAVE THE WORD TO
JUMP ROUTE -û ONCE THEY WOULD
PROCEED, WHICH WE DID.
[Rocket launching]
[Rocket launching]

The rocket launches into the night while a large crowd watches.

Mission control says 17... YOU ARE GO FOR IT, GO
FOR IT.
[Dialogue unintelligible]...
GO FOR IT HERE.
[(music plays)]

The narrator says AFTER CHECKING OUT
THE SPACECRAFT IN EARTH ORBIT,
THEY BURNED OUT OF ORBIT AND
HEADED TOWARD THE MOON.
[(music plays)]

John Evans says... SO FAR.
[Talking background]

The narrator says JOHN EVANS, AT THE
CONTROLS OF THE COMMAND MODULE
AMERICA MOVED IN TO DOCK WITH
THE LUNAR MODULE, CHALLENGER.
THEY PULLED CHALLENGER FREE OF
THE BOOSTER'S THIRD STAGE THEN
CONTINUED THE THREE DAY COAST
TO THE MOON.
[Talking background]

Don Puddy says YES, A.D.M....

The narrator says EVEN AS CERNAN,
EVANS AND SCHMITT HEADED TOWARD
THE MOON, DIRECTLY BELOW THE
APOLLO 17 CONTROL ROOM, FLIGHT
DIRECTOR DON PUDDY RAN HIS CREW
THROUGH A LONG SIMULATION OF
THE FIRST SKYLAB.

Don Puddy says AS YOU'RE
PROBABLY WELL AWARE WE ARE
STILL WORKING ON OTHER
PROGRAMS, SKYLAB BEING THE
PRIME EFFORT STARTING IN THE
SPRING OF, OF NEXT YEAR.
AH, WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON THE
COOPERATIVE MISSION WITH THE
RUSSIANS, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE
IN 1975.
AND OF COURSE WE'VE GOT QUITE A
FEW OF THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM
AS WELL AS OTHER û- INVOLVED IN
THE WORK ON THE SHUTTLE.
SO IT'S, IT'S THE START OF A
NEW ERA I HOPE.

Dr. Christopher C. Kraft says SKYLAB OF COURSE WILL FLY IN
THE SPRING OF NEXT YEAR, WITH
THREE MEN...

Dr. Christopher C. Kraft says GOING UP AND SPENDING 28 DAYS
AND THEN TWO MONTHS LATER AFTER
THEY LAND, WE'LL PUT THREE MEN
UP FOR 56 DAYS.
THEY'LL COME DOWN AND 30 DAYS
LATER ANOTHER THREE WILL GO FOR
56 DAYS, SO THE YEAR OF 73,
CALENDAR YEAR WILL CERTAINLY BE
A BUSY ONE FROM THE STANDPOINT
OF MAN'S SPACE FLIGHT.

The narrator says DECEMBER 10TH,
1972, AMERICA AND CHALLENGER
WENT INTO ORBIT AROUND THE
MOON.

John Evans says HOUSTON, THIS IS AMERICA...
AMERICA HAS ARRIVED ON STATION
FOR THE CHALLENGER HATCH.

The narrator says THE NEXT DAY
DECEMBER 11TH, CERNAN AND
SCHMITT ENTERED THE LUNAR
MODULE, AND UNDOCKED.
[Talking background]

Cernan says SHE LOOKS JUST AS PRETTY IN
[(music plays)]

Schmitt says SHE LOOKS JUST AS PRETTY IN
AIR FLIGHT AS YOU DO IN
SUNLIGHT.
[(music plays)]
[Static]
[(music plays)]

John Evans ROGER, AMERICA, HAVE A GOOD
BURN.
YOUR -û CLEAR.

The narrator says WITH THE COMMAND
MODULE IN THE DISTANCE, THEY
PASSED OVER THERE LANDING
PLACE, A VALLEY IN AN AREA OF
THE MOON CALLED TAURUS-LITTROW.
HERE, THEY HOPED TO FIND THE
YOUNGEST MATERIAL YET SAMPLED
AND DIRECT EVIDENCE OF LUNAR
VOLCANOES.
[(music plays)]

Mission control says YOU'RE LOOKING AT... RIGHT
DOWN THE LINE.

Evans says WE'RE COMING IN.
WE'RE LOOKING OVER AT THE TOP
OF THE PEAK NOW.
OKAY, STANDBY FOR A û- OVER.
BOY, ARE WE COMING IN.
OKAY, ED, OKAY ED, AND NOW --
[Dialogue unintelligible]

Mission control says I SEE IT.

Evans says WE GOT EM ALL, 37 DEGREES,
37 DEGREES, THROUGH 5,500.
53 DEGREES.
OKAY, I'VE GOT...
I'VE GOT, FINALLY, I'VE GOT THE
TRIANGLE.
THAT'S 2,500-B 52 DEGREES.

Mission control says - IS GOOD AT 2,000.

Evans says - IS GOOD.
FUEL IS GOOD.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
I GOT...
THE FUEL'S GOOD.
110-B, STANDBY FOR...
A LITTLE...
A LITTLE... A LITTLE, 90
DEGREES.
A LITTLE...
A-B, GOING ON IN THREE.
GIVE A LITTLE...
GO DOWN ABOUT TWO, VERY LITTLE
VERY LITTLE...

Mission control says THEY HAVE TOUCHDOWN.
STANDBY.
OKAY, FIVE-B DOWN IN TWO.
FUEL'S GOOD û- B.
GOING DOWN IN TWO.
10-B, 10-B...
DOCK PUSH AND IT'S OUT.
OKAY, HOUSTON, THE CHALLENGER
HAS LANDED.

Mission control says ROGER, CHALLENGER, THAT'S...

Evans says YOU TELL OUR FELLOW AMERICA
THAT CHALLENGER IS A...
LIFTOFF.

The narrator says DECEMBER 11TH.
CERNAN, THAN SCHMITT, LEFT THE
LUNAR MODULE TO BEGIN THEIR
FIRST E.V.A.

Cernan says AND I STEP OFF...
I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THE
FIRST STEP OF APOLLO 17 TO ALL
THOSE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE.

The narrator says THEIR FIRST JOB
WAS TO UNLOAD EQUIPMENT
INCLUDING THEIR ROVER, THE
ELECTRIC CAR IN WHICH THEY
WOULD DRIVE TO THE EXPLORATION
SITES.

Schmitt says THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.
THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE
MOST PROUD MOMENTS IN MY LIFE,
I GUARANTEE YOU.

Cernan says WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The narrator says AS CERNAN DROVE
THE EQUIPMENT LADEN ROVER,
SCHMITT CARRIED THE SCIENTIFIC
EXPERIMENTS PACKAGE CALLED
ALSEP.

Harrison Schmitt says HEY, YOU
NEED ME GENE?

Gene Cernan says NO.

Harrison Schmitt says I'M GONNA
GO DEPLOY ALSEP.
I'M AT IT.

The narrator says IN HOUSTON,
SCIENTISTS IN THE SCIENCE
SUPPORT ROOM WATCHED,
CORRELATING AND DIRECTING THEIR
MOVEMENTS.

Harrison Schmitt says OKAY, BOB,
I'VE GOT MY TOOLS OF THE TRADE
RIGHT HERE.
[Talking background]

The narrator says AS SCHMITT SET UP
THE VARIOUS EXPERIMENTS, CERNAN
DRILLED A SERIES OF HOLES.
BOTH TO COLLECT CORE SAMPLES
AND TO IMPLANT EXPERIMENTAL
PROBES.
[Talking background]

WE'RE UP –
YEAH.

Gene Cernan says MAN, IT DIDN'T
FEEL LIKE THIS STUFF WAS THAT
HARD.
NO, I'LL GET IT.
I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING I
NEEDED.
GET ME THE JACK THEN OVER HERE
FOR A SEC.
LET ME, LET ME PUT SOME WEIGHT
HERE THEN.
[Talking background]

Gene Cernan says I'M GONNA GET
THIS THING OUT NOW, I'VE GOT
IT.
[Beep]

Schmitt says... WHERE DID YOU ALL GET THE
IDEA IT WORKED?
[Beep]

Cernan says 29 AND A HALF.

Schmitt says GUYS, 29 AND A HALF MINUTES,
FROM NOW... THIS SIDE A LITTLE
BIT LATE.

Cernan says THERE HE IS.
OKAY.

A man from mission control says JIM, YOU'D BETTER LET HIM
CLEAR A û-
WE'VE GOT TO PULL IT OUT OF
NOW.

The narrator says ON THE MOON AND ON
THE EARTH THEY WERE FIGHTING
TIME NOW.
THERE ARE JUST SO MANY HOURS OF
OXYGEN AND WATER IN THE
BACKPACKS, SO MANY HOURS OF
LIFE IN THE VACUUM OF THE MOON.

A man from mission control says CABLE, CABLE.
WHOA!
CABLE.
HE LOST THE CABLE.
CABLE NUMBER ONE.
AND THEY'RE OFF.
THEY'LL BREAK THE WHOLE WORLD
BEFORE THEY'LL BREAK THE CABLE
THIS TIME.

The narrator says WITH THE ALSEP
FUNCTIONING, THEY LEFT THE SITE
FOR A SHORTENED SAMPLING
TRAVERSE.

Cernan says OKAY, MIKE, GRAB THE CORNER
AND GET THAT CONTACT.

Schmitt says... I CAN'T GET IT.
[All talking at once]

A man from mission control says LOOK AT THE BOULDERS OUT
THERE, GEEZ.

The narrator says IT WAS TIME TO
HEAD BACK TO THE CHALLENGER,
ACTIVATE EXPERIMENTS AND GET
BACK INSIDE.

Cernan says MAN.
I WAS ROLLING ON THE MOON
ONE DAY

Both say IN THE MERRY MERRY
MONTH OF...

Cernan says DECEMBER

Schmitt says NO MAY.

Cernan says MAY

Schmitt says MAY'S THE MONTH.
YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.
MAY IS THE MERRY MONTH.
OH, WHAT A NICE DAY.
OH, IT'S FUNNY.
THERE'S NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY,
EXCEPT IN THE EARTH.
[Talking background]

The narrator says THEY WOULD HAVE
ONE TASK BEFORE THEY GOT TO
WORK EXPLORING.
THE PREVIOUS DAY THEY HAD
BROKEN A REAR FENDER OF THE
ROVER.
THE DUST THROWN UP WAS CAUSING
TROUBLE.
APOLLO 16 COMMANDER, JOHN
YOUNG, HAD WORKED THAT NIGHT IN
A PRESSURE SUIT ON A WAY TO FIX
THE FENDER.

Cernan says OH, OKAY.

The narrator says ON THE MOON THE
ASTRONAUTS PUT IT TOGETHER.
THE FENDER SECTION FORMED FROM
A LUNAR MAP MOLDED WITH TAPE,
THEN HELD IN PLACE WITH CLAMPS
FROM THE LUNAR MODULE
TELESCOPE.
IT WAS A REPAIR THAT WOULD LAST
THE REMAINDER OF THE MISSION.
THEN SCHMITT MOVED OUT TO PLACE
ONE OF SEVERAL EXPLOSIVE
PACKAGES, WHICH WOULD BE
DETONATED AFTER THEY LEFT THE
MOON, MAPPING THE LUNAR SUB-
SURFACE, MUCH AS EARTHLY
GEOLOGISTS EXPLORE FOR OIL.
CERNAN WOULD PICK HIM UP IN THE
ROVER, FOR THE DRIVE TO THE
FIRST SITE ON THIS TRAVERSE,
STATION TWO.

A mission control member says THEY'RE SOMEWHERE ALONG THIS
RIM...

Another mission control member says I THINK THAT THEY'RE
DROPPING ALSO.
THEY MUST BE COMING ACROSS...

Cernan says WE'RE RIGHT WHERE WE WANTED
TO BE AT BASE TWO.
IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT PLACE.

Schmitt says - THE ROCK, THEY LOOK LIKE
QUITE A BIT OF VARIETY FROM
HERE, DIFFERENT COLOURS,
ANYWAY.
PRETTY HARD, ISN'T IT?
THAT BOULDER'S GONNA ROLL.
MAN, THAT IS HARD.
JUST DON'T STUB YOUR TOE.
[Talking background]

The mission control member says THE PROGRAM... WE SAW WAS
DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY'RE
FARTHER UP INTO THE HILLS...
[Both talking at once]
OTHERWISE, THIS IS
REMARKABLE.

Cernan says THE POWDER HERE IS OBVIOUSLY
VERY, VERY COHESIVE BECAUSE
IT'S, IT'S IN THE BOTTOM OF THE
CORE AND IT'S NOT MOVING, AND
IT'S VERY JAGGEDY, AND QUITE
METAL-LIKE.

A man from mission control says WHEN GENE'S FINISHED WITH
THE, THE CORE TUBE, THEN WE
SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO.
[Both talking at once]

Schmitt says OH, DAGGONE IT.

Mission control says JACK SCHMITT, HAVING A FEW
PROBLEMS?
[All talking at once]
COME ON...
[Some laughing]

The narrator says THEY WOULD SAMPLE
SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON THIS
E.V.A.

Cernan says OKAY!

The narrator says BUT NONE WOULD
CAUSE MORE EXCITEMENT THAN THE
FIND AT THE CRATER CALLED
SHORTY.

Schmitt says OH, HEY, THERE IT IS, ORANGE
SOIL.
WE'LL...
IT'S ALL OVER.
ORANGE.

Cernan says - I SEE IT.
I STIRRED IT UP WITH MY FEET.
HEY, IT IS!
I CAN SEE IT FROM HERE.
IT'S ORANGE!
[All talking at once]

Schmitt says THAT'S A...

Harrison Schmitt says FANTASTIC,
SPORTS FANS.
IT'S... TIME.

A man from mission control says JACK THAT IS REALLY ORANGE.

Cernan says AH, LIGHT GREY... INSIDE.
OH, MAN, THAT'S INCREDIBLE.

Schmitt says OKAY, GENE, YOU'RE GONNA
HAVE TO...

Cernan says THAT'S INCREDIBLE.

Schmitt says GENE, YOU'RE GONNA... SOME
COLOUR.

A man from mission control says THE REASON I'VE TIMED THEM,
YOU CAN DO IT NO MATTER WHICH
WAY YOU WANT TO DO IT, WE NEED
MORE TIME.
WE MAY HAVE TO...
[Both talking at once]
WE HAVE TO SPLIT...
[Dialogue unintelligible]...
MY û- IS A...

Don Puddy says WE'VE GOT TO
LEAVE AT A CERTAIN TIME
REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE'VE DONE.
[Talking background]

The narrator says THEY HAD TO LEAVE
SHORTY CRATER AND ITS ORANGE
SOIL AND PUSH ON.
TIME THE ENEMY OF THE LUNAR
INVESTIGATOR ON THE MOON AND ON
EARTH.

A man from mission control says I CAN'T BELIEVE WE SAMPLED
THE WHOLE ROCK AND...
[All talking at once]

The narrator says THE PRECIOUS
MINUTES HAD RUN OUT.
RETURN TO THE ROVER, DRIVE BACK
TO THE CHALLENGER, CLOSE OUT
E.V.A TWO.
[Beep]

Mission control says WE'D LIKE YOU TO LEAVE
IMMEDIATELY.

Cernan says OKAY.
BY GOLLY, THE TIME GOES FAST.

The narrator says AS THE LAST APOLLO
CREW WORKED ON THE MOON, THE
ENGINEERS ON EARTH PREPARED FOR
TOMORROW'S DAY IN SPACE.

Dr. Maxime Faget appears on screen with a caption that reads "Dr. Maxime Faget, Director, Engineering and Development, Manned Spacecraft Center." He is in his fifties, has balding dark brown hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue suit, green shirt, and a blue bowtie.

Dr. Faget says I HAVE A
MODEL HERE OF THE SPACE
SHUTTLE.
AS YOU SEE IT RESEMBLES A
DOUBLE-WING AIRPLANE ON TOP OF
A PROPULSION SYSTEM.
THE SYSTEM IS GONNA BE DESIGNED
SO ALL OF THE COSTLY PARTS ARE
REUSABLE.
NOW THAT WE'RE BEGINNING TO
UNDERSTAND SPACE, WE'RE
BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THE
POTENTIAL, THE ECONOMIC
POTENTIAL, THE NEED IS TO BRING
LARGER ARRAYS OF
INSTRUMENTATION UP IN SPACE.
THERE'S A NEED TO PROVIDE MAN
WITH A REAL CAPABILITY TO WORK
UP IN SPACE.
[Static]

Cernan says OKAY BOB, I'M OUT OF BED,
AND IT'S ABOUT FOUR-THIRTY ON
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AS I STEP
OUT ON THE PLAINS TO THE
TAURUS-LITTROW, BEAUTIFUL
VALLEY.

The narrator says DECEMBER 13TH.
YESTERDAY, THEY HAD EXPLORED
THE SOUTH END OF THE VALLEY.
TODAY, THEY WOULD GO NORTH.
[All talking at once]

A man from mission control says THIS IS THE LAST NIGHT FOR
YOU TO REALLY GO TO BAT FOR US.
CAUSE WE KNOW YOU'LL DO IT FOR
US, BABY.
[Both talking at once]
[Talking background]

Schmitt says HOLY, MOLY.
[Laughs]

Cernan says... THAT'S BLUE.

Schmitt says YOU OKAY?

A man from mission control says MAN, THAT'S ALL COUNTRY IN
THERE.
THAT'S NOT...
[All talking at once]

Schmitt says AND LET ME SEE WHAT IT IS.

Dr. Rocco Petrone says THE...
WILL CONTINUE...

Dr. Rocco Petrone says AND I'M
SURE MUCH OF THE MYSTERIES WILL
CONTINUE TO COME OUT FOR MANY
YEARS TO COME.

Dr. George Low says BUT OF THIS
I'M SURE.
MAN HAS LEARNED THAT SPACE IS
HIS TO EXPLORE, AND MAN WILL
RETURN TO SPACE TO EXPLORE.

Dr. George Low says TO THE MOON
AND BEYOND.
[Talking background]

Schmitt says... IN WHEREVER THEY CAME
FROM...

Dr. Christopher Kraft says I'M
FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT IT'S
CHANGED THE WHOLE BASIS OF
PHILOSOPHY, INCLUDING RELIGION.

Dr. Christopher Kraft says I
DON'T THINK THAT WE'VE BEGUN TO
SEE WHAT THE ERA OF SPACE
FLIGHT REALLY IS, AND WE'VE GOT
A LONG WAY TO GO, AND I HOPE
I'M LIVING WHEN WE LEAVE THIS
SOLAR SYSTEM, AND VENTURE TO
FIND ANOTHER PLANET EARTH.
[(music plays)]

Cernan says YOU KNOW, JACK, WELL, WE'VE
BEEN IN THIS THING, HEY, WE
WERE... FROM CORNER TO CORNER.

Schmitt says THAT WAS THE IDEA.

The narrator says ONCE MORE IT WAS
TIME.
GENE CERNAN AND JACK SCHMITT
RETURNED TO THE ROVER TO DRIVE
BACK TO CHALLENGER.
BUT BEFORE THEY LEFT THE
SURFACE OF THE MOON THERE WOULD
BE A BRIEF, CEREMONY.

Cernan says IT'S A ROCK.
IT'S JUST ONE OF THE MANY
FRAGMENTS, OF MANY SIZES AND
MANY SHAPES, WHERE WE... ROCK
OR SOME OF THE OTHERS LIKE YOU
IN HOUSTON, WE'D LIKE TO SHARE
A PIECE OF THIS ROCK WITH SO
MANY OF THOSE COUNTRIES
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE A
SYMBOL OF WHAT OUR FEELINGS
ARE, WHAT THE FEELINGS OF THE
APOLLO PROGRAM ARE, AND A
SYMBOL OF MANKIND, THAT WE CAN
LIVE IN PEACE AND HARMONY IN
THE FUTURE.

The narrator says AND THE FINAL WORD
FROM THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON.

Schmitt says I WANTED TO JUST LOOK WHAT I
BELIEVE HISTORY WILL RECORD
THAT AMERICA'S CHALLENGE
YESTERDAY HAS FORGED MAN'S
DESTINY OF TOMORROW.
[(music plays)]

The narrator says WHILE CERNAN AND
SCHMITT CLOSED OUT THE LAST
MOON WALK AND PREPARED FOR
TOMORROW'S LIFTOFF, RON EVANS
WORKED ON IN ORBIT, PHOTOGRAPH,
OBSERVE, DESCRIBE.
KEEP OPERATING THE CAMERAS AND
EXPERIMENTS IN THE SCIENCE
EXPERIMENTS BAY.
IN ORBIT AS ON THE SURFACE, THE
SECONDS ARE PRECIOUS.
[Static]

Cernan says ALL RIGHT... PROCEED IN
THREE, TWO, ONE...

Schmitt says FIRE AWAY HOUSTON.

They launch from the moon’s surface.

Cernan says THAT...
[(music plays)]
[Dialogue unintelligible]
[Beep]

Schmitt says I TELL YOU, I'VE GOT...
[Static]

Cernan says OKAY, 30 SECONDS.
3-0 IS YOUR NUMBER....
AFTER 1,500 FEET....
THAT LOOKS GOOD.

The narrator says ON THE DESCENT
STAGE OF CHALLENGER FOREVER ON
THE MOON, THEY LEFT A PLAQUE
READING, HERE MAN COMPLETED HIS
FIRST EXPLORATIONS OF THE MOON,
DECEMBER, 1972, A.D.
MAY THE SPIRIT OF PEACE, IN
WHICH WE CAME, BE REFLECTED IN
THE LIVES OF ALL MANKIND.
ONE REVOLUTION LATER, CERNAN
AND SCHMITT CAUGHT UP WITH
EVANS AND PREPARED FOR DOCKING.

Cernan says THIS IS...

Evans says GOOD TO HAVE YOU ALL BACK UP
HERE.

Schmitt says IT'S BEEN A GOOD TRIP.

Evans says MAN, THAT CHALLENGER'S A
BEAUTIFUL VEHICLE.
SHE'S...
[(music plays)]

The narrator says DECEMBER 16TH.
BURN OUT OF LUNAR ORBIT AND
HEAD HOME TO EARTH.

Cernan says HOUSTON, APPARENTLY I FOUND
SOME... AND FOLLOWING... AND
WE'RE ON OUR WAY HOME.
[Laughs]

Evans says HEY, THIS IS GREAT.
TALK ABOUT BEING A SPACEMAN,
THIS IS IT.

The narrator says DECEMBER 17TH,
170,000 MILES FROM EARTH, RON
EVANS LEFT THE COMMAND MODULE.

Ron Evans says HELLO, THERE.

Cernan says WE SEE YOU, RON.
LOOKING GREAT.

Ron Evans says OKAY.
HOW YOU ALL, HOW YOU DOING?
HOW'S YOUR...
[Talking background]

The narrator says EVANS WAS
RETRIEVING FILM CANISTERS FROM
THE TWO CAMERAS AND A LUNAR,
SOUNDING RADAR, DATA VITAL TO
THE SCIENTISTS ON EARTH.

Ron Evans says AND THE...

The narrator says BEFORE HE GOT BACK
INSIDE, EVANS TOOK A LAST LOOK
AT THE CRESCENT EARTH.
IN TWO MORE DAYS THEY WOULD BE
HOME.
[Static]

The narrator says DECEMBER 19TH.
THEY RODE INSIDE A 5,000 DEGREE
FIREBALL THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
OF EARTH, STOWED IN THE
SPACECRAFT, ALMOST 250 POUNDS
OF THE MOON.

They drop back into orbit and then parachute into the ocean.

[(music plays)]
[All applauding and cheering]
[(music plays)]
[Cheers and Applause]
[(music plays)]
[All talking at once]
[(music plays)]

The astronauts walk off the spacecraft.

A mission control member says THIS CLOSES A GOLDEN CHAPTER
TO THE AGE OF SPACE
EXPLORATION.
IN A WAY IT BRINGS A CLOSE TO
WHAT HAS BEEN A VERY, ROMANTIC
ERA IN SPACE EXPLORATION.
BUT, I WILL MAKE THIS VERY
STRONG, THE BOOK IS STILL BEING
WRITTEN.
[(music plays)]

The narrator says THE MOON, A LONELY
WORLD IN THE ABSENCE OF MAN.
BUT HERE WE HAVE LEFT OUR MARK,
A SIGNATURE, ATTESTING A LEGACY
TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.
WE STOOD ON THE SHOULDERS OF
GIANTS AND TOUCHED THE MOON.
[(music plays)]

An end credit reads "Writer slash producer, Don Wiseman.

Editor, Brian D. Beasley.

Narrator, Don Richards.

Produced by AV Corporation, Houston, Texas.

Marc appears back on screen in the museum.

Marc says WHEN GENE CERNAN, THE
LAST MAN ON THE MOON HEADED FOR
HOME HE SAID, WE LEAVE AS WE
CAME AND GOD WILLING AS WE
SHALL RETURN, WITH PEACE AND IN
HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO
17.
THAT WAS THE LAST MISSION TO
THE MOON, DECEMBER 1972.
24 MEN VISITED, 12 MEN SET FOOT
ON THE LUNAR SURFACE.
NO ONE'S BEEN BACK SINCE.
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE.
I'M A SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT AND
I'VE BEEN TO SPACE TWICE AND
HOPE TO RETURN AGAIN.
AND WHILE I MAY NEVER MAKE IT
TO THE MOON I KNOW THAT ONE DAY
WE WILL RETURN.
I HOPE YOU'VE ENJOYED THIS
DOCUMENTARY SERIES FROM THE
NASA ARCHIVES.
FOR "THE APOLLO YEARS" I'M MARC
GARNEAU.
[(music plays)]

The end credits roll.

Host, Marc Garneau.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Murray Battle.

Editor, Michael Morningstar.

In collaboration with NASA, CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY and YORK UNIVERSITY.

A Production of TV Ontario. 1998.

An astronaut says WE LEAVE AS WE CAME AND, GOD
WILLING, AS WE SHALL RETURN,
WITH
PEACE AND HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO 17.

Watch: Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants