Keeping time on the moon...
You’re out for a drive, 250,000 miles from Earth. Your flight leaves in 64 minutes. How did the crew of Apollo 17 make it?
Posted: 21 Nov 2012
Four hours after he'd scooted his Challenger landing module around the high peaks of the Taurus mountains, Cernan was ready to make his first bootprints in the sticky Moon dust and, most importantly, to unload his car. His watch - wrapped around the arm of his bulky spacesuit on a long fabric strap - was showing 6pm Houston time, though it was actually early in the lunar morning. With the blue Earth hanging above him, he unstrapped the Rover from the side of the module and folded it into shape. "I jumped up and sideways into the driver's seat as a teenager might hop into an open Jeep, turned on the batteries, tried the steering and goosed it," he later wrote in his autobiography. "The electric motors on each wheel hummed. A Moonmobile with wire wheels and no top is pretty cool."