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Gene Cernan, last footprints on the moon, dies at 82

Although I never knew Eugene Cernan, I feel a special closeness to him. He is my generation. He fulfilled my childhood dream. With him, was Harrison Schmitt, geologist extraordinaire, my 1957 classmate at Caltech who taught me the difference between orthoclase and plagioclase in freshman geology class. – Ed Read more on Jack Schmitt’s website. …

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The Strategic Importance of Exploration to America

by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17, AmericasUncommonSense.com Major national milestones have occurred with the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the Moon, and this month’s 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17, America’s last mission of exploration to that small planet. They provide an opportunity to examine how great ventures play …

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America’s Deep Space Vision: Settlement of the Moon and Mars versus Asteroid Visits

I almost cry when I read these articles by my friend Jack Schmitt. We are colleagues who have seen the best of America and then the decline of America. Will the vast majority of Americans ever realize what they have lost and still can regain? – Ed by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut, Americas Uncommon …

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Obama’s America Cedes the Moon and deep space to China

by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut The 42nd Anniversary of the humankind’s first lunar landing by Apollo 11 on July 20, 2011, followed by the return of STS-135 on the next day, concluding the final flight of a United States Space Shuttle, places a capstone on the remarkable accomplishments of the post-Apollo generations of space …

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Dismantle NASA and Create a New, Deep Space Exploration Agency

by Harrison H. Schmitt, America’s Last Moonwalker The present article is the Preface to a special booklet entitled Space Policy and the Constitution with a Foreword written by Michael D. Griffin, NASA Administrator (2005-2009).  You may download this booklet here. On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced to a special joint session of …

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What is Obama’s Space Policy?

by Harrison H. Schmitt, America’s Last Moonwalker See Related Releases of January 8, and 13, 2010. The President announced a “bold approach for space exploration and discovery,” to quote the White House. In considering his FY2011 budget proposals for NASA, Congress rightly should ask just how “bold” is this approach versus what America requires in …

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President is Wrong on Space Policy

by Harrison H. Schmitt The President has repeated his advocacy for the abandonment of a program of deep space exploration by Americans in return for vague promises about future actions. His irrational and technically ridiculous proposals on national space policy, if agreed to by the Congress, would put the nation into a steady decline in …

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Obama Cedes Moon To China, Space Station To Russia

by Harrison H. Schmitt The Administration finally has announced its formal retreat on American Space Policy after a year of morale destroying clouds of uncertainty. The lengthy delay, the abandonment of human exploration, and the wimpy, un-American thrust of the proposed budget indicates that the Administration does not understand, or want to acknowledge, the essential …

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