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Lunar vehicle Instruments and vehicles

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In December 1972 the program Apollo It came to an end. During its duration, important advances were made in astronautics and the acquisition of knowledge of lunar geology. The last three missions were much more sophisticated than the first three, largely because the astronauts carried the lunar rover that allowed them to move miles from their landing site. In the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong and Aldrin were only 2 and a half hours walking on the surface, while in Apollo 17 the treks reached a total of 22 hours and the astronauts spent 3 days in the Taurus Litrow Valley and were brought 110 kilos of lunar rocks.

On the other hand, the mission of Apollo 17 was the first to include a scientist. It was the geologist Harrison Schmitt. Until their assignment, the crews of the Apollo missions were mostly made up of military personnel. After six lunar landings, the Apollo Program was terminated after Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were canceled due to budget constraints. The end of Apollo marked the end of the wave of exploration seen until then and put the United States at the head of the space race beating the Soviets.

The last missions no longer caused interest in the people as was the number 11, and the news passed to the background; forgetting that Apollo 17, was the last mission to reach the Moon, and that until today we have not visited it again. For the Americans, the primary objective of winning the race to the Moon was fulfilled.

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