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First Scientist-Astronaut to Walk on the Moon comes to Utah State University

USURF
October 6, 2003

LOGAN –– Utah State University students and faculty will blast into history as they listen to Harrison Schmitt, Ph.D., the first scientist-astronaut to walk on the moon, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 p.m. in room 103 of Utah State’s new Engineering Building.

“Dr. Schmitt is a modern day pioneer in the space program, a gifted scientist and successful entrepreneur,” said Kermit L. Hall, president of Utah State. “To have a scientist of his caliber on our campus is a credit to the extraordinary research and work of our university’s internationally recognized Space Dynamics Laboratory and its staff. We welcome the opportunity to have him rub shoulders with our students and faculty.”

Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and trained geologist, will give a presentation titled A Trip to the Moon and Beyond. Schmitt spent 22 hours on the moon with fellow astronaut Gene Cernan. The Apollo 17 mission was the last time the United States visited the moon.

The mission began on Dec 6, 1972, and concluded on Dec. 19, 1972. Several records were set during Schmitt’s mission, including the longest manned lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes), the longest lunar surface extra-vehicular activities (22 hours, 4 minutes), the largest lunar sample return (an estimated 115 kg., 249 lbs.), and the longest lunar orbit (147 hours, 48 minutes).

The scientist-astronaut will also speak to Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) employees on The Legacy of Apollo that same day at 1 p.m.

“SDL is excited to have Dr. Schmitt share his expertise with our employees,” said Steve Hansen, SDL deputy director.

“SDL has been involved with space science and research for more than 40 years. As fellow scientists we look forward to receiving a visit from the only scientist who has walked on the moon.”

The event is sponsored by SDL and the Utah Space Research Center. Utah State University, with its Space Dynamics Laboratory, sends more experiments into space than any other university in the world.