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Moonwalker to talk about future exploration by quotes

Moonwalker to talk about future exploration

TEMPE, Ariz. – Nearly 35 years ago, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Hagan Schmitt became the 12th and last man to step onto the moon. He was the lunar module pilot for that mission, and carries the distinction of being the only geologist to ever walk on the lunar surface. Photos showing him in a space suit – covered in lunar dust as he collected geological samples – are reappearing these days in magazines and on the Web as NASA prepares to return to the moon.
Schmitt, who chairs the NASA Advisory Council, will be on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University April 10 to present a 7:30 p.m. lecture in Armstrong Hall titled “Lunar Field Exploration: the Post-Shoemaker Era.” The lecture rounds out a day of public events to mark the official launch of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.
In addition to the lecture, Schmitt will receive the inaugural Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award, presented by BEYOND, ASU’s Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. Shoemaker, who was known for his pioneering research with his wife, Carolyn, in the field of asteroid and comet impacts, hired Schmitt to work at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1964. It was at the USGS that Shoemaker established the agency’s astrogeology center where astronauts who would later explore the lunar surface were trained. At the time, no one knew that Schmitt would be selected for NASA’s scientist-astronaut program and later become a moonwalker himself.
According to oral history transcripts, Schmitt said of Shoemaker: “He was one of the foremost planetologists who ever lived.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of Shoemaker’s death in a automobile accident in Australia.
Among Shoemaker’s many contributions to astronomy was the co-discovery with his wife, Carolyn, and his friend, David Levy, of a comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That comet was named Shoemaker-Levy 9.
The Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award will be presented each year to a leading scientist in honor of his life and work, says Paul Davies, ASU professor and director of BEYOND. “It’s fitting that Harrison Schmitt be the first recipient,” he says.
As a USGS astrogeologist, Schmitt instructed NASA astronauts. He has a diverse background as a geologist, pilot, astronaut, administrator, businessman and writer. His recent book is Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space.
Schmitt also served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 through 1982, representing his home state of New Mexico. In addition to serving as chair of the NASA Advisory Council, Schmitt consults, speaks and writes on policy issues of the future, the science of the moon and planets, and the American Southwest. He is the founder and chairman of Interlune-Intermars Initiative Inc., where he works to advance the private sector’s acquisition of lunar resources.
His scientific research concentrates primarily on the synthesis of data related to the origin and evolution of the moon and the terrestrial planets and on the economic geology of the lunar regolith and its resources.
Schmitt received his bachelor’s from California Institute of Technology, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Oslo and attended graduate school at Harvard. His Ph.D. in geology in 1964 is based on geological field studies in Norway. As a civilian, Schmitt received Air Force jet pilot wings in 1965 and Navy helicopter wings in 1967.
The Shoemaker Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Registration and additional information are available at or (480) 965-5081.

Cosmic Evolution, Earth Evolution: talks at Arizona Science Center by quotes

Cosmic Evolution, Earth Evolution: talks at AZ Science Ctr

[A forwarded message, received on Oct. 5, 2006. Note the talks on
astronomy and earth science on Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. — Jane J]

Evolution Speaker Series at The Arizona Science Center

Join the Arizona Science Center and The University of Arizona College of
Science for an exciting series of presentations about one of the most
controversial topics of our time.  Scientists from many fields work
together to discover the processes that create the current state of our
universe, our world, and ourselves.  The theory of evolution accounts
the origin of all matter, including the development of life itself.  We
proud to present these seven lectures that will illustrate the various
aspects of evolution.

  All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.  For
or more information, please email
  or call 602-716-2000 and choose option 8, then option 3.

October 25, 2006
Biological Evolution: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Joanna Masel, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

November 29, 2006
Earth Evolution: The Formation of Our Planet
Joaquin Ruiz, Dean of the College of Science and Professor of

December 13, 2006
Cosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Biology
Chris Impey, Distinguished Professor, Astronomy

January 31, 2007
Social Evolution: Cooperation and Conflict from Molecules to Society
Rick Michod, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

February 28, 2007
Animal Evolution: Recycling Ancient Genes for New Uses
Lisa Nagy, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

March 28, 2007
Human Evolution: Tracing Our Origins with DNA
Michael Hammer, Research Scientist, Division of Biotechnology and
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

April 25, 2007
Disease Evolution: The Example of HIV
Michael Worobey, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Sent by:
Dianne McKee
Educational Services Manager
Arizona Science Center
Institute for Teaching
600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 716-2000, ext. 2564