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Apollo 17 recovery helicopter winching. Footage of the downdraft as a rescue helicopter's winch is used to retrieve an Apollo 17 astronaut from their Command Module after splashdown in the southern Pacific Ocean on 19 December 1972. 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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