Eugene Cernan

Harrison Schmitt holding the lunar rake, station 1

Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, EVA 1, 122:27:08 GET

Vintage photograph with red NASA MSC number “AS17-134-20425” and “This Paper Manufactured By Kodak” watermarks with caption taped on the verso.
20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in)
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Astronaut Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt rakes lunar samples from the Taurus-Littrow landing area on the moon. Schmitt has the Hasselblad camera mounted on his chest.

A frame from a panoramic sequence taken at station 1 near Steno Crater.
He is “shaking soil out of the rake to collect a sample of rocks ranging from 1 to 4 centimeters in diameter after making a swath through the surface soil” (ALSJ caption for AS17-134-20425). West and Old Family Mountain and the left side of the North Massif are in the background.

122:27:08 Schmitt: And, Bob, I’m really only penetrating about, at the most, 3 centimeters into this area with the rake. I’ve picked up a very good sample of boulders (fragments) but most of them were in that distance of the surface and projecting out of it.
122:27:28 Parker (Mission Control): Okay; I copy that.
122:27:31 Schmitt: You ready, Gene?
122:27:33 Cernan: A couple of more (pictures), Jack. (Pause) Okay, coming at you (with a sample bag). Bob, the pan is complete. I’ll give you a frame count shortly.

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