Apollo 17 Astronaut To Speak at TU on Oct. 16

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Harrison Schmitt, a geologist who was an astronaut with Apollo 17, the last manned mission to visit the Moon, will present the free public lecture, “Lessons from the Moon about Earth and Mars,” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at The University of Tulsa.

The illustrated talk will be presented at 8 p.m. in Room M-1 of Keplinger Hall, Fifth Street and Harvard Avenue. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. and rocks and minerals will be on display.

According to NASA, the mission, which lasted from Dec. 6 to 19, 1972, resulted in the largest sample of lunar rocks -- 249 pounds -- returned to Earth. Schmitt spent nearly 302 hours in space, including 22 in extravehicular activity on the lunar surface.

Schmitt earned a doctorate in geology from Harvard University in 1964 and joined NASA in 1965. NASA said Schmitt was invaluable in providing Apollo flight crews with detailed instruction in lunar navigation, geology and feature recognition.

Schmitt, who served one term as a U.S. senator from New Mexico from 1977 to 1983, is an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

For further information, contact the TU geosciences department at (918) 631-2517. Teachers who want to receive an Earth Science Week educator’s information kit for classroom use should contact the department.