Apollo 17 was the last Apollo mission to land men on the Moon. It carried the only trained geologist to walk on the lunar surface, lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt. Compared to previous Apollo missions, Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the greatest distance using the Lunar Roving Vehicle and returned the greatest amount of rock and soil samples. Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon, as no humans have visited the Moon since December 14, 1972.

The three Live from the Moon photographs are 11"×14" silver-gelatin prints made from straight negatives on conventional black-and-white photographic paper. The process is a variant of that used in commercial photobooths: exposure; partial development; re-exposure; partial bleach; re-development; stop; fix; selenium toner; wash.