"The Blue Marble"
is a famous photograph of Earth
officially credits the image to the entire Apollo 17
crew — Eugene Cernan
, Ronald Evans
and Jack Schmitt
— all of whom took photographic images during the mission. Apollo 17
passed over Africa
during daylight hours and Antarctica
is also illuminated. The photograph was taken approximately five hours after the spacecraft's launch, while en route
to the Moon
. Apollo 17
, notably, was the last manned lunar mission; no humans
since have been at a range where taking a "whole-Earth" photograph such as "The Blue Marble" would be possible.