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EXQUISITE PHOTO: President Obama Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17

Home - by - December 8, 2012 - 21:03 America/New_York - 9 Comments

Doug Ross

40 years ago yesterday, Apollo 17, the last of the Apollo series of missions to land men on the on, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Lifting off just after midnight on Dec. 7, 1972, the Apollo 17 mission was the final of NASA’s moon-bound manned flights — and the first night launch. The massive, 363-foot tall Saturn 5 rocket turned night into day as the long flames from its five powerful F-1 engines bathed the dark sky with a brilliant, bright-as-the-sun light that appeared to spectators to slowly climb skyward from the Kennedy Space Center…

Onboard the mighty moon booster were three astronauts. Eugene Cernan, a veteran of two prior missions including the “dress rehearsal” for the first lunar landing three years earlier, commanded Apollo 17 and flew the lunar module “Challenger” to a landing in the Taurus-Littrow valley.



  1. grayscape

    December 8th, 2012

    How many musloids helped us get there? None? Bite me Ogoatfucker.

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  2. Navy Squid

    December 8th, 2012

    And I can see the narcissist-in-chief actually doing this, too! :-(

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  3. Sicktoy

    December 8th, 2012

    Great! It will take him forever to find that ball…

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  4. Nutjob

    December 8th, 2012

    He is in hawaii celebrating isn’t he?

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  5. Bad Brad

    December 8th, 2012

    What ever, he’s still a shankoppatomis.

    I love this video.

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  6. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 8th, 2012

    You know seeing that photo explains allot.

    On the Moon without shielding from radiation and no oxygen for the brain.

    Too bad for us there wasn’t an issue with re-entry.

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  7. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 9th, 2012

    Forget the blemish on the left.

    I watched the Christmas moon orbit mission on TV in Germany. They were just as proud of America as we were of ourselves.

    Was back home in Florida for the moon landing launch and the phrase “turned night into day” was entirely true of the Saturn rocket even where I lived (and still do), 175 miles south of Cape Canaveral.

    If you’re ever anywhere near Orlando, the fifty-mile detour east for a couple of days is well worth the time and money. The have a Saturn rocket on display as well as the shuttle mockup, organized tours and the whole bit.

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  8. Ten Megaton

    December 9th, 2012

    The Shanker-in-Chief should just quit and get on his own welfare train. He would make a first rate crack head.

    You call that a swing girlie boy?

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  9. Tedjusant

    December 9th, 2012

    So after all these years the hiding of aliens from the public and now you admit disclosure ,

    THIS is what you have known for all these years ?
    So why couldnt APOLLO 17 just have left him there , the world would be in a better state than it is now.

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