Schmitt received his bachelor’s degree from Caltech and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo, Norway. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University in 1964. As a civilian, Schmitt received Air Force jet pilot wings in 1965 and Navy helicopter wings in 1967.
Selected for the scientist-astronaut program in 1965, Schmitt organized the lunar science training for the Apollo astronauts and served as Mission Scientist in support of the Apollo 11 mission. After training as back-up Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, Schmitt flew in space as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission to the moon. On December 11, 1972, he landed in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow as the only scientist and the last of 12 men to step on the Moon.
Latest posts by Harrison Schmitt (see all)
- JFK and the Moon: Anatomy of a Historic Decision - November 22, 2013
- In Defense of Carbon Dioxide - July 7, 2013
- Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt on Neil Armstrong - August 30, 2012
As most are aware, December 2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 17 Mission. In this regard, I am please to draw your attention to an article by William Mellberg that describes his eyewitness impressions surrounding the launch of that mission on December 7, 1972. (Video here.)
This article contains one of the best descriptions of a Saturn V launch that you will find.
From Bill Mellberg:
BTW, Dr. Schmitt opines that my article “contains one of the best descriptions of a Saturn V launch that you will find.” Of course, he’s referring to the “spectator” perspective. Dr. Schmitt’s forthcoming book about Apollo 17 will offer his memories of that night. He was sitting atop the Saturn V!
In any case, I think you’ll enjoy my account.
P.S. Needless to say, I was both pleased and honored that Harrison Schmitt (“Jack” to his friends) invited me to write this article, excerpts of which will also appear in his book. Little did I imagine 40 years ago as a college student …