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Apollo 17 crew takes samples of the moon

Scientist-Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt is photographed seated in the lunar roving vehicle at Station 9 (Van Serg Crater) during the third Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA 3) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. This photograph was taken by Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, crew commander.
Sampling at Station 6 centered around the boulder behind the LMP. The dark bootprints in the foreground and near the base of the boulder indicate the areas of astronaut activity.
The massive, broken boulder at Station 6 is shown in this composite photograph. Scoop marks in the debris on the side of the boulder mark the location of a sample collected by the LMP. The boulder is a breccia, a rock composed of fragments of other rocks. The LRV, with the antenna pointed toward Earth, is parked to the right of the boulder. South Massif, eight kilometers distant, forms the right half of the skyline; East Massif forms the left half.
The LMP uses the rake to collect a sample of rocks ranging from 1 to 4 centimeters in diameter. A soil sample was collected in the same area. The Hasselblad camera is attached to the romote control unit; the PLSS and the oxygen purge system comprise the backpack.
The LMP uses the scoop to collect a sample at Station 5. The high density of boulders along the rim of Camelot Crater is shown in this photograph.
The orange soil on the rim of Shorty Crater can be seen on both sides of the LRV. The rim of the crater extends from the left foreground to the middle right edge of the photograph. Samples were collected between the LRV and the large boulder. The low mountain centered on the horizon is Family Mountain, 6 kilometers in the distance.

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