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John Kierein
2002-Dec-12, 03:08 PM
Today's APOD. 12/12/02.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
In one place it says that Harrison Schmitt was the last man to step on the moon. But I think it was Cernan. Schmitt was the last to step ONTO the moon, but he preceded Cernan into the "Challenger".

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GrapesOfWrath
2002-Dec-12, 04:11 PM
We discussed this before (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=1929&forum=2), in regards to question 2. Where is it that says Harrison Schmidt was the last man to step on the moon?

John Kierein
2002-Dec-12, 04:25 PM
Here:
http://www.ari.net/nss/askastro/Apollo17/schmitbio.html
This could make a good trick question. Because actually, Schmitt was the LAST MAN to step on the moon. Cernan stepped on it before Schmitt. But the LAST STEP was taken by Cernan.

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ToSeek
2002-Dec-12, 04:39 PM
Schmitt was the last man to step onto the Moon.
Cernan was the last man to step off of the Moon.

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John Kierein
2002-Dec-12, 04:47 PM
Schmitt has ideas to save us; using lunar soil.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.hts/front/1692518

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GrapesOfWrath
2002-Dec-12, 04:51 PM
On 2002-12-12 11:25, John Kierein wrote:
This could make a good trick question.
Yep. SeanF noticed that (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=1929&forum=2&start=51), too bad I wasn't up to it.

Chip
2002-Dec-12, 07:15 PM
On 2002-12-12 11:47, John Kierein wrote:
Schmitt has ideas to save us; using lunar soil.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.hts/front/1692518

I attended a lecture years ago at ASU given by Harrison "Jack" Schmitt. He has a lot of insights and interesting ideas. Gene Cernan was interviewed by Aaron Brown on CNN on the anniversary of the last moon landing. Brown asked a bunch of very intelligent questions (as usual,) and Cernan offered reasons why we haven't returned, including the Shuttle program, and geo-political issues. He left the impression that at the end of the Apollo program 30 years ago, it seemed that we would go back eventually. Today, he is disappointed we haven't. Cernan also mentioned that more and more "30 year olds" and younger people, who didn't see the landings on TV, are interested in the history and many consider it the century's greatest achievement.

I hope we (human race) do eventually set up either a small manned lunar base to start with, or land automated rovers that can be controlled from earth. That seems a long way off, but who knows?

ToSeek
2002-Dec-12, 10:34 PM
On 2002-12-12 14:15, Chip wrote:
Cernan also mentioned that more and more "30 year olds" and younger people, who didn't see the landings on TV, are interested in the history and many consider it the century's greatest achievement.



There does seem to be a gratifying market for material on the moon landings: the HBO series came out just four years ago, and some of the best books (particularly memoirs) have been released in the past few years. So there's definitely interest out there.