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This Day In Aviation: Apollo 17 Splashed Down

19 December 1972: At 2:25 p.m. EST—12 days, 13 hours, 51 minutes, 59 seconds after departing the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida—the Apollo 17 command module America (CM-112) returned to Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific Ocean, approximately 350 miles (563 kilometers) southeast of Samoa. The three 83 foot, 6 inch diameter (25.451 meters) ring sail main parachutes had deployed

Who Protects the Moon Site?

It Was July 20, 1969, and Way Past Pete Capelotti’s Bedtime. But as the nine-year-old sat in his family’s living room in Massachusetts watching the live broadcast of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out of the Apollo 11 lander and onto the lunar surface, sleep was the last thing on his mind. “I just

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