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Apollo 17 recovery divers and helicopter. Footage of rescue divers securing the Apollo 17 Command Module after splashdown in the southern Pacific Ocean on 19 December 1972. An inflatable ring is being deployed and rescue helicopters are in position and dropping additional inflatables. The three NASA astronauts (Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt) were returning from their lunar mission, where Cernan and Schmitt had been the last humans to walk on the Moon in what was the final Apollo mission. Splashdown occurred at 19:24 UTC. Divers secured the module and the astronauts were retrieved by rescue helicopter and were on board the recovery ship USS Ticonderoga 52 minutes later.
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