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September 9, 1995
The Last Moon Shot
The Apollo Program
In 1865 Jules Verne predicted the invention of a space capsule that
could carry people. In his science fiction story
"From the Earth to the Moon", he outlined his vision of constructing
a cannon in Florida
so powerful that it could shoot a "Projectile-Vehicle"
carrying three adventurers to the Moon. Over 100 years later, NASA, guided by
Wernher Von Braun's vision, produced the
Saturn V rocket. This rocket
turned Verne's fiction into fact,
launching 9 Apollo Lunar missions and allowing 12 astronauts
to walk on the Moon. Pictured above is the last moon shot,
Apollo 17, awaiting a night launch in December of 1972.
Spot lights play on the rocket and launch pad
while the full Moon looms in the background.
Humans have not walked on the lunar surface since.
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