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Apollo 17 Panorama: Astronaut Running

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Apollo 17 Panorama: Astronaut Running

What would it be like to explore the surface of another world?

In 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission, astronaut
Harrison Schmitt found out first hand.

In this case, the world was Earth's own

In this recently compiled panorama of lunar photographs
originally taken by astronaut

Eugene Cernan, the
magnificent desolation of the
barren Moon is apparent.

Visible above and by scrolling right are
lunar rocks in the foreground,
lunar mountains in the
background, some small craters, a lunar rover, and astronaut Schmidt on his
way back to the rover.

A few days after
this image was taken, humanity left the
Moon and has yet to return.

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