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On the Apollo 17 mission, in 1972, American astronaut Harrison Schmitt explored the lunar surface firsthand. This mission took extraordinary photographs of the Earth, from its natural satellite, the Moon.
In this panoramic view of the Moon, built from the photos taken by astronaut Eugene Cernan, the magnificent desolation of the sterile lunar landscape is evident.
The lunar rocks are seen in the foreground, the lunar mountains in the background, some small craters and the astronaut Schmidt, jumping back to the module.
A few days after this panorama was obtained, the Apollo 17 mission left the Moon. According to President Bush's proposal, the United States could return to the Moon between 2015 and 2020, never later than this last date. As support, probes would be sent to explore the lunar surface before 2008.
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