Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt to visit the island of Malta

Today on Discovery Enterprise we will be launching a series of articles concerning the past, present, and future of lunar exploration to mark the occasion of Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt’s visit to the island of Malta.

Dr. Schmitt is a former United States senator and a geologist who was involved in NASA’s Apollo space program. He was the lunar module pilot of the Apollo 17 mission and is the only scientist ever to travel to the moon. Following this mission, Senator Schmitt was appointed a Professor of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served one term as US Senator, is the Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council and founder and Chairman of Interlune-Intermars Initiative Inc. an organization whose goal is to advance the private sector’s acquisition and use of lunar resources.

Senator Schmitt was invited by the Department of Physics of the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Malta Committee and the United States Embassy to deliver two public lectures entitled “A SCIENTIST ON THE MOON – APOLLO 17” and “SPACE EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION” on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2009 as part of series of activities to mark the International Year of Astronomy and to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

The full programme of the activities connected to this event can be found at the Malta’s International Year of Astronomy website.

Senator Schmitt is also an advocate of returning to the moon and envisions using the energy and mineral resources of Earth’s nearest neighbor to create a spacefaring civilization.

The series of articles that will follow in the coming days are dedicated to the young men and women of today who will be the active participates of making this vision a reality.

Alex Michael Bonnici


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