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"The Blue Marble" shot and the last moon landing

45 years ago the last manned mission to the moon was launched

On December 7, 1972, Apollo 17 moon mission was launched. It was the last time humans travelled beyond low Earth orbit. The mission broke several records: the longest moon landing, longest moonwalks, largest lunar sample and longest time in lunar orbit. "The Blue Marble", an image of the Earth made by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft became one of the most reproduced images in history. TASS commemorates the 45th anniversary of the last manned mission to the moon.