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Crescent Earth Rising
AS17-152-23272 (December 1972) --- The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar-orbit during National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. While astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, commander, and Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot, descended in the Lunar Module (LM) "Challenger" to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "America" in lunar orbit.
Square format Apollo archive images have been slightly cropped to achieve a 5:4 Landscape aspect ratio. Many of the original images were captured on film using the 70mm (2.25” x 2.25”) Hassleblad Lunar Camera which produces a square (1:1) ratio. You may select “Full Frame” next to the order button if you want the untouched original size. The default is Landscape.