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Men Were Last on Moon 40 Years Ago Today

The last men to walk on the moon blasted off its surface for a final time 40 years ago today. Full story

Alaska's lost moon rocks back at last

"The Last Frontier" has been reunited with the "final frontier" after the return of moon rocks that went missing in Alaska nearly 40 years ago. The tale of the tiny lunar pebbles' restoration to the 49th state includes an arson's fire, a teenager's theft, a science fair photo and a ship's captain fr Full story

'Blue Marble' turns 40

   Ezra Klein tells the story of how the astronauts of the Apollo 17 mission took what would become one of the world's most widely distributed images - the Earth's fully lit face.

40 years later, astronaut recalls Apollo 17

The last manned mission to the moon launched 40 years ago today, but astronaut Harrison Schmitt remembers it like it was yesterday. Full story

Apollo 17: The last moonshot

   Click through historic photos from humanity's last trip to the moon, the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Minnesota's missing moon rocks found 

Five small fragments of the moon, which were collected at Tranquility Base 40 years ago and gifted to the people of Minnesota, have been found by the National Guard. Full story

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NASA sets buffers for Apollo moon landing sites

Another piece of the moon turns up in W.Va.

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  Armstrong a 'humble man of impeccable integrity'

Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan, a close friend of Neil Armstrong's and the last man to leave footprints on the moon in 1972, eulogized Armstrong as "a national hero of unimaginable proportion" but also "a man, who when he became your friend, was a friend for a lifetime."

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The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this NASA handout photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit
The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this NASA handout photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit

The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this undated NASA handout photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. December 13, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the last manned lunar trip. Photo obtained by Reut

NASA astronaut Cernan makes a short checkout of the lunar rover during the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity
NASA astronaut Cernan makes a short checkout of the lunar rover during the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity

NASA astronaut Eugene A. Cernan makes a short checkout of the lunar rover during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site in this NASA handout picture taken forty years ago today, December 11, 1972, and released December 11, 2012. This photogra

Driving on the MoonApollo 17 mission commander Eugene A. Cernan makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. This view of the lunar rover prior to loadup was taken by Harrison H. Schmitt,