Evans took this wonderful photograph from color magazine 152/ PP through the 250mm telephoto lens from an altitude of 113km over the 51-km Crater Ritz on the lunar farside during the 66th orbit of the spacecraft around the Moon.

This crescent Earthrise was the last Earthrise photographed by human beings. Of the many views of the Earth photographed from lunar orbit, the crescent Earth visible during the Apollo 17 mission afforded what many consider the most lyrical version of that phenomenon, a poetic coda to the first manned period of exploration. (Schick and Van Haaften, pg. 120)

National Geographic, December 1973, ppg. 306-307 illustrates variation

“I look at that Earthrise. How can I sit here and tell you about it without first showing you a picture? You’ve got a whole historical drama, if you will, in photographs of something that most people still consider an incredible venture.”

—Eugene Cernan (Schick and Van Haaften, pg. 125)

From the mission transcript when the photograph was taken:

217:20:19 Evans:

Houston, America. Looks like we’re with you again.

217:20:23 Mission Control:

Okay, America.

217:20:23 Evans:

... We’ve been taking its picture (the Earth) just as we came up.