Harrison Schmitt

Astronaut, geologist, politician, 12th man to walk on the moon (Apollo 17)

Dr. Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt (born July 3, 1935) is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor, former U.S. senator from New Mexico. He is the most recent living person to have walked on the Moon. As of 2023, he is also the last living crew member of Apollo 17.

Harrison Schmitt
United States Senator
from New Mexico
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byJoseph Montoya
Succeeded byJeff Bingaman
Personal details
Harrison Hagan Schmitt

(1935-07-03) July 3, 1935 (age 88)
Grant County, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Teresa Fitzgibbon
Alma mater
Other namesJack Schmitt
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Time in space
12d 13h 52m
Selection1965 Scientist group
Total EVAs
3 on the lunar surface[1]
Total EVA time
20 hours 35 minutes[2]
MissionsApollo 17
Mission insignia
Apollo 17 insignia
RetirementAugust 30, 1975
Scientific career
ThesisPetrology and structure of the Eiksundsdal Eclogite Complex, Hareidland, Sunnmøre, Norway (1964)

Schmitt resigned from NASA in August 1975 in order to run for election to the United States Senate as a member from New Mexico. He ran as a Republican. He won his election in 1976, and he was a senator for six years, but he lost his re-election campaign in 1982.[3]

References change

  1. "Apollo 17". NASA. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. "Extravehicular Activity". NASA history. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  3. "50 Years in Space - Harrison Schmitt". California Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009.

Other websites change

  Media related to Harrison H. Schmitt at Wikimedia Commons