NASA Photo ID: S72-55421           File Name: 10075983.jpg
Film Type: 4x5                     Date Taken: 12/14/72
Title: Apollo 17 lunar module "Challenger" liftoff from Taurus-Littrow landing site
Description:
The Apollo 17 lunar module (LM) "Challenger" ascent stage leaves the 
Taurus-Littrow landing site as it makes its spectacular liftoff from the 
lunar surface, as seen in this reproduction taken from a color television 
transmission made by the color RCA TV camera mounted on the lunar roving 
vehicle. The LM liftoff was at 188:01:36 ground elapsed time, 4:54:36 p.m., 
Thursday, December 14, 1972. The LM descent stage is used as a launching 
platform and remains behind on the Moon. Here, the two stages have
completely  separated and the ascent stage is headed skyward.              

Subject terms:
APOLLO 17 FLIGHT                        
APOLLO PROJECT                          
LIFTOFF (LAUNCHING)                     
LUNAR MODULE                            
LUNAR MODULE ASCENT STAGE               
LUNAR SURFACE                           
REPRODUCTION                            
TELEVISION TRANSMISSION                 

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