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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:54 PM

Apollo 17, 40 years later: 'I treasure the whole mission'

Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the only geologist to visit, remembers it like it was yesterday
By Mike Wall
updated 2 hours 3 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO The last manned mission to the moon launched 40 years ago today, but astronaut Harrison Schmitt remembers it like it was yesterday.

NASA's Apollo 17 mission blasted off in the early hours of Dec. 7, 1972, carrying Schmitt, Gene Cernan and Ron Evans toward Earth's nearest neighbor. Four days later, Schmitt became the 12th and final person and the only trained geologist to set foot on the moon when he and Cernan emerged from their lunar module, Challenger ...

"I treasure the whole mission. Every day had more than one really spectacular event," Schmitt said. "The first day, we saw this nearly full Earth, and I was able to take that picture of Africa still the most-requested photograph in the NASA archives. And it just went on from that."

Schmitt did identify one Apollo 17 science find as particularly important, however the discovery of "orange soil," which turned out to be composed of tiny beads of volcanic glass. Recently, researchers spotted trace amounts of water within these beads and others like them brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts ...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50118480/ns/technology_and_science-space/

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:57 PM

1. Harrison Schmitt is one of my favorite astronauts

 

'Cause he's an actual scientist. I remember how excited he was as he drilled, chipped, and dug on the Moon.

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:46 PM

2. He had to fight to get on the mission

Lots of people didn't want a scientist to fly to the moon. Kudos to him for hanging in during the years he had to wait.

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