The three crew members of the last and most complex Apollo mission to the moon are now working round-the-clock to familiarise themselves with the tools and technology which they'll be required to use.
CU Astronaut Cernan
CU Astronaut Schmitt
CU Astronaut Evans
SV & CU Astronauts Cernan & Schmitt in moon gear collect soil samples(4 shots)
SV & CU Astronaut Evans training under water (3 shots)
SV & GV Astronauts Cernan & Schmitt onto lunar training vehicles & drive off (4 shots)
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Background: The three crew members of the last and most complex Apollo mission to the moon are now working round-the-clock to familiarise themselves with the tools and technology which they'll be required to use.
The three crewmen are Gene Cernan, Command Pilot; Jack Schmitt, lunar module pilot; and Ron Evans, the command module pilot. For the first time, on Apollo mission will take a geologist Schmitt to the moon. Schmitt and his fellow crewmen will conduct scientific experiments on and near the moon of unprecedented diversity and scope.
For Jack Schmitt, the Apollo-17 flight which begins on 6 December will be his first. The command pilot, Eugene Cernan, is a veteran of space flight, with 264 hours on two flights to his credit. The third pilot, Ron Evans, has been an astronaut since 1966, but this will be his first space flight.
Their final training is taking the astronauts to widely separated areas of the United States and to a variety of environments. On simulated moonscape in the Nevada desert all three crew members have been collecting geological samples, studying formations and familiarising themselves with the tools and functions of geology.
In addition, there's been training in a weightless environment, as well as practice on the lunar rover training vehicle.
SYNOPSIS: Eugene Cernan, command pilot; Jack Schmitt, lunar module pilot and, as importantly, a geologist; and command module pilot, Ron Evans. These are the three crew members of the last and most complex American manned moon mission on Apollo-seventeen. They're now in constant training in places like a simulated moonscape in the Nevada desert before they lift off for the moon on December the Sixth. For the first time, an Apollo mission will take a geologist - Jack Schmitt - to the moon. He and the mission commander Eugene Cernan, will conduct scientific experiments on and near the moon of unprecedented diversity and scope.
Ron Evans has been training in a weightless environment. As command module pilot, it will be his job to retrieve film cassettes from outside the space craft.
On the moon, Schmitt and Cernan will set up the fifth automated scientific research station installed by astronauts. A new instrument known as the traverse gravimeter will be mounted on the moon car, the rover. It will map lunar gravity in the regions through which the astronauts drive for later comparisons with earth gravity. The Apollo seventeen launch will be the first to take place after nightfall.