After 13 days in space Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison (Jack) Schmitt aboard the Apollo 17 command module Challenger parachuted to a safe splashdown at 19:20 GMT on 19 December 1972, 648 km southeast of American Samoa. The last humans to have walked on the Moon.
Challenger makes a perfect splashdown
The crew arrive by helicopter aboard the rescue ship Ticonderoga
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