- A used car (the 3rd one left on the lunar surface), this one with a broken fender
- multiple scientific experiment packages
- a U.S. flag
- a commemorative plaque
- bootprints and miles of tire tracks
Before reentering the LM for the final time, Gene Cernan expressed his thoughts:Forty years later, we're no closer to going back than we were in 1972.
"I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."