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Apollo 17: End of the Beginning


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DISC 1

EVA Training - Astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt training for their lunar EVAs. Audio from the post-flight crew science debriefing, January 8, 1973.

Geology Training - Boulder City, Nevada. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt practicing sampling and exploration procedures.

The Vomit Comet - 1/6th G training with LM hatch, LRV in KC-135 aircraft.

Altitude Chamber - CM America run with Cernan, Schmitt, Evans. LM Challenger run with Cernan, Schmitt.

Equipment Checkout - Flight hardware checkout with crew - LM and LRV and CM.

Rollout - Rollout of last manned Saturn V for AS-512 mission. Also features crew during photo shoot in front of Saturn V on the pad.

Ready to Go - Pre-launch dinner, suitup, transfer to pad and ingress.

Night Launch - Apollo 17 was the first and only night launch of a Saturn V.

Transposition and Docking - 16MM data acquisition camera coverage of the docking of the CSM America with the LM Challenger. After extraction from the third stage of the Saturn V, the combined spacecraft would coast to the moon, making only midcourse corrections. This operation was to have been televised, but the delayed launch caused cancellation of the TV configuration.

16MM Onboard Film - Includes SIV-B Tracking - 16MM DAC of the spent SIVB stage, Moon and Earth Views, footage of life aboard Apollo 17, America and Challenger undocking before lunar descent, sextant views - 16MM film of the lunar surface through the CM telescope, and documentation of the heat flow and convection experiment.

DISC 2

Apollo 17 Landing Site Flyover - Created by Don Davis. This computer generated flyover of the Apollo 17 landing site at Taurus-Littrow shows the traverses of all three EVAs and the rugged features of the valley.

Landing at Taurus-Littrow - From the 16mm data acquisition camera shooting out the lunar module pilot's window.

EVA 1

Commander's First Steps - Taken by the 16mm data acquisition camera in the LMP's window. Covers the first 19 minutes of activities on the lunar surface.

Deploying and Loading Rover - Audio only with photos taken during first moments of lunar surface activities. Also includes EVA training footage of lunar rover deployment.

First Television - As the crew loaded the rover, the television became operational. The rover television camera was remotely controlled from Earth.

Driving to ALSEP Site - Audio only during short trip from the LM to the ALSEP site.

ALSEP Deployment - Activities to deploy the ALSEP, consisting of five experiments: heat flow, lunar ejecta, lunar seismic profiling, lunar atmospheric composition and lunar surface gravimeter. Additional experiments included traverse gravimeter, surface electrical properties, lunar neutron probe, cosmic ray detector, soil mechanics, and lunar geology investigation.

Traverse to Station 1 - Audio only with photographs taken during ALSEP deployment and during traverse.

DISC 3

EVA 1 (continued)

Geology Station 1 - (Station 1A) - Steno crater was used as station 1 in lieu of the preplanned station (Emory crater) because of accumulated delay time in the ALSEP deployment.

Traverse to SEP Site - Audio only with photographs and pans from geology station 1

SEP Site - Rover television from the surface electrical properties experiment site.

Return to LM - Audio only with photos taken at the SEP site and traverse.

Closeout of EVA 1 - After each EVA the crew had to undertake procedures to safeguard equipment in the harsh lunar environment. Rover television.

Back Inside Challenger - Audio only with photos taken during closeout, and remaining photos from EVA 1.

EVA 2

A New Day - Audio only during the initial moments of EVA 2.

Loading Up - Activities in preparation for the day's activities, primarily geology to the west, and the South Massif. Rover television.

Traverse to Station 2 - Audio only featuring photographs and panoramas taken during loading up.

Station 2 - Nansen crater, where the crew sampled the rock debris at the base of the south massif. An additional brief stop occurred at station 2A to obtain an additional gravimeter reading and collect additional samples. Rover television.

DISC 4

EVA 2 (continued)

Station 3 - Lara crater, with the major geological objective being sampling of the scarp that runs north-south between the massifs. Rover television.

Traverse to Station 4 - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 3 - Lara.

Station 4 - Shorty crater, focusing on deposits on the crater rim. An orange colored material, believed to be of volcanic origin, was located at station 4. Rover television.

Traverse to Station 5 - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 4 - Shorty.

Station 5 - Camelot crater, including a search for dark mantle material. Stop on the way back to the LM. Rover television.

Return to LM - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 5 - Camelot.

Closeout - Wrapping up the day's work, preparing to rest for the final EVA on the following day. Rover television.

Into Challenger - Audio only with remaining photographs from EVA 2.

EVA 3

Final Day - Audio only of initial activities at the beginning of the third and final EVA.

Loading Up - Packing and preparation for the day's traverses. Rover television.

Traverse to Station 6 - Audio only with photographs from earlier in EVA 3.

Station 6 - North massif investigating boulders and boulder tracks.

DISC 5

EVA 3 (continued)

Traverse to Station 7 - Audio only with photographs from the traverse.

Station 7 - North massif, boulders and boulder tracks, including investigation of dark mantle and the massif/valley interface.

Traverse to Station 8 - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 7 and the traverse to Station 8.

Station 8 - Sculptured Hills, investigation of the dark mantle plains.

Traverse to Station 9 - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 8 and the traverse to Station 9.

Station 9 - Van Serg crater.

Returning Home - Audio only with photographs and panoramas from Station 9 and the traverse back to the LM.

Farewell - Final activities of the Apollo 17 crew on the lunar surface. Includes the unveiling of the commemorative plaque on the front landing gear of the LM and final statements from the lunar surface.

Lunar Liftoff - At 188:01:36 GET the ascent stage of Challenger lifted off the moon to begin the return journey to Earth. The launch was captured by the lunar rover television camera and by the 16MM data acquisition camera in the LMP's window. The 16MM camera would not stay activated, so coverage from this camera is intermittent.

Sun Angle LRV Television - As long as the lunar rover batteries were active, mission control could view the Apollo 17 landing site, and did so to observe it at various sun angles. LRV television was also used to observe detonation of some of the explosive charges left behind.

DISC 6

On the way back from the moon, Apollo 17 transmitted broadcasts during the lunar orbit rendezvous and docking operations, views of the moon just after the transEarth injection burn, coverage of Ron Evan's SIM bay EVA, and held an in-flight press conference.

The longest of the Apollo missions (not including the Skylab program), the 13 days of Apollo 17 ended with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean about 3 1/2 miles from the recovery ship, the U.S.S. Ticonderoga.

The sixth and last Apollo lunar-landing mission also established many firsts - the longest lunar surface stay time of 75 hours, longest total surface EVA time with just over 22 hours, and the most samples returned to Earth, with about 250 pounds (115 kg) returned. The mission of Apollo 17 was qualified as an outstanding success.

Two multi-angle segments are presented on disc 6 - during the lunar orbit approach and during the transEarth EVA. These segments contain multiple angles of the same event, and can be accessed on-the-fly using the angle button on your remote control.

Product Reviews

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NASA flexing its muscles
Dave W (Colorado) 1/24/2014 6:58 PM
Apollo 11's EVAs were a tad over 2 hours. Almost three and a half years later, NASA gave us the swan song of lunar exploration in its final "J Mission" with Apollo 17, spending three whole days on the moon, with three 7+ hour EVAs! Commander Gene Cernan, one of only three men to go to the moon twice, shows us that great piloting is half the story, and the other half is geology and planetary science. While viewing this set, often I was taken back by how deeply interested Gene was in the geology of the moon; even more than Jack Schmitt (a PhD in geology) on occasions. This set also shows us Taurus-Littrow as a beautiful mountainous valley, and puts you right there in the middle of the mission. I consider myself a space nerd, but this set showed me things from the Apollo program I had never seen before, like Gene working at the LRV with his gold visor raised, some of the banter between Gene and Jack, and most importantly, just how far the Apollo program had come before being cut. Compared to Apollo 11, what you get with this MASSIVE set is head-spinning. As usual, Mark Gray has done an excellent job. If you understand the purpose of these sets (to give an unfiltered view of these missions), then don't hesitate to pick up these wonderful discs. Lastly, I close by saying that Cernan's final words on the moon, which I consider more profound than Armstrong's first words, brought me to tears. Thanks Mark and the others at Spacecraft Films for keeping the dream alive! Hopefully you'll be involved with creating a detailed chronicle such as this for the upcoming Orion program.
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Man Must Explore!
Patrick Selitrenny (Lugano-Loreto, Ticino) 5/12/2013 11:24 AM
One word: Wow! Amazing but true, in this in depth examination of the entire last lunar mission lies the core of all human efforts throughout history: first, simply gazing at the stars in wonder, then studying them, and now, finally, starting to explore. Alas, ever since 1972, sadly, no more planetary explorations have been made (lack of money? political shyness? lack of purpose or goals? Your guess is as good as mine. This last documentary in the line of Apollo Lunar Missions is pivotal to understand why we have to leave Earth and go further into our Solar System, and perhaps one day even further, out into the Galaxy itself if not further still. At the same time, personally, I felt so very sad, when I watched the final moments on the Moon of Apollo 17. That take-off meant the last time we could take a moment and dream of greatness of purpose. Recently, Neil Armstrong left us to wander in his new adventure, from where no man has ever returned, and this too left a bitter feeling in my heart. I only hope that in time, we will find the courage and the means to return to really explore the wonders of the universe. Who knows, there may be other Space Nights (or Days) ahead of us and we will again be proud of what mankind as whole can achieve when it puts its mind and heart together. In my view, this Apollo 17 collection is worth solid Gold and must be part of anyone's collection, together with all the other ones as well, especially though, the ones concerning Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. Thank you Mark for your exceptionally well-done work. We owe you all a great token of gratitude. Keep them coming...
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Final Landing
Mark Bowyer (Banbury, Oxfordshire) 2/14/2013 1:12 PM
Sadly the Apollo Moon missions came to an end with Apollo 17. This mission really show what Apollo could do. With the best TV camera of the series and the freedom of the Lunar Rover, Apollo 17 showers the advantage of having a trained geologist and a highly motivated assistant could achieve. As always, this set includes a lot of footage that isn't often seen elsewhere. If you were only able to have one mission on DVD, I would recommend this one.
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Excellent DVD set
Tom S Pace (Fairfield, CT) 3/11/2010 10:57 PM
This DVD set has everything you could wish for. I can't believe how much material they put into this 6 DVD set. I highly recommend this DVD set of the very last Apollo Lunar mission for many years to come. As usual, Great job Mark!
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Muy buen trabajo por Spacecraft Films!!!
Michel (España) 1/3/2010 5:15 PM
Ya poseo la mayoria de los sets del Proyecto Apollo, y son un trabajo brillante. El primero que obtuve fue el del Apollo 17, y es estupenda la realización de cada DVD. Cada minuto de video con tan buena calidad, hace que los amantes de la carrera espacial a la Luna se regocigen ante el TV. El momento que mas me gusto fué cuando Cernan y Schmitt encontraron la "Orange Soil", y al final del EVA-3, las palabras de Cerna acerca de la exploracion espacial. Un magnifico trabajo. Muchas gracias por todo. Saludos.
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