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Astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
Harrison Hagan Schmitt is a native New Mexican born in the small village of Santa Rita in southwestern New Mexico. He is best known as one of the small group of men who have walked on the Moon as a NASA astronaut. He was the first NASA scientist-astronaut and only geologist to enter space and walk on the Moon in December 1972, as the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 17. He was the 12th and most recent astronaut to step on the Moon. Harrison Schmitt also served as a instructor in geology and navigation for other Apollo astronauts, and he continues to play an active role documenting the geologic finds from the Apollo program.
In 1975, Harrison Schmitt resigned from NASA and was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving New Mexico until 1983. Among his other duties during his Senate tenure, he was Chariman of the Science, Technology & Space Subcommittee. Since leaving the Senate, Harrison Schmitt has consulted in business, geology, aerospace and public policy. He also is an Associate Fellow and former adjunct professor of engineering physics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, chaired the NASA Advisory Council, was a long-time Director of Orbital ATK Corporation, and currently serves on the User Advisor Group of the Vice-President’s National Space Council.