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Apollo 17: The Untold Story Of The Last Men On The Moon

Airs Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Astronaut Eugene Cernan walks on the moon. Cernan was commander of the mission, and still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon's surface on December 11, 1972.

On the May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the resources of our nation and launched Project Apollo — the greatest technological undertaking in the history of mankind. However, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. The final moon landing occurred in December 1972.

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Above: Apollo 17

The new American Public Television-distributed special "Apollo 17: The Untold Story Of The Last Men On The Moon," recounts that historic voyage. The documentary features spectacular NASA footage and exclusive interviews with space scientists, some of whom worked on the Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970s.

The scientists featured are all British, giving this documentary a unique perspective on the impact the space program had upon America and our allies.

Apollo 17 carried the only trained geologist to walk on the lunar surface, lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt. Compared to previous lunar missions the astronauts of Apollo 17 traversed the greatest distance using the Lunar Roving Vehicle, and they returned the greatest amount of rock and soil samples.

Ronald Evans, command module pilot holds the record for the most time spent in lunar orbit, and Eugene Cernan commander of the mission still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon's surface.

"Apollo 17: The Untold Story Of The Last Men On The Moon" is the remarkable story of the determination and courage of a generation, a tribute to three brave astronauts and the thousands of men and women behind them during the final days of NASA’s Apollo program.

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Trailer: Apollo 17: The Untold Story Of The Last Men On The Moon

Above: On the 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the resources of our nation and launched Project Apollo — the greatest technological undertaking in the history of mankind. But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. The final moon landing occurred in December 1972. This film recounts that historic voyage.