The seventeenth and last Apollo spacecraft was rolled out onto the launch-pad at Cape Kennedy on Tuesday (29 August) to be prepared for the December 6 blast-off.
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LV Giant transporter moving along with caterpillar tracks
SV Space-port workers looking on (3 shots)
TV Worker in helmet walks alongside gantry
LV ZOOM OUT as transporter moves along roadway
SV Workers on gantry
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Background: The seventeenth and last Apollo spacecraft was rolled out onto the launch-pad at Cape Kennedy on Tuesday (29 August) to be prepared for the December 6 blast-off.
After a 100-day programme of final mechanical and electronic checks, Apollo 17 and its three astronauts will lift off into space stop the giant Saturn Five rocket for the first-ever Apollo nocturnal launching.
If it is a clear night, their ascent will be seen over a wide area from New York to southern California.
Heading the crew will be space veteran Eugene Cernan, who flew around the moon in 1969. He will be accompanied by a geologist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, and newcomer Ronald Evans.
It'll be Evans who pilots the spacecraft around the moon while Cernan and schmitt land in the mountainous Taurus area.
As no further Apollo flights are planned after this year, 1,300 technicians and engineers will find themselves without jobs after Apollo heads for the skies on the night of December 6.