The Times 16.04.09

Astronaut to give two public lectures

Astronaut and scientist Sen.Harrison Schmitt is to give public lectures at the University of Malta on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23.

The activity will be organised by the Department of Physics of the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Malta Committee and the United States Embassy.

The first lecture, on Wednesday, will have as its subject 'A scientist on the moon' and is aimed at a general audience.

The Thursday talk, on space exploration and exploitation, will be more suited to persons with an interest in space exploration and the audience would ideally include academics and science students over the age of 16 years, although members of the public with a science background and an interest in the topic are also welcome, the University said.

Both talks will be held at Room 401 Mathematics and Physics building, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, starting at 6.30 p.m. and lasting an hour.

Those wishing to attend should register by sending an email to physics.sci@um.edu.mt, with the date or dates of their selected talk/talks.

Senator Schmitt is a geologist who was involved in NASA’s Apollo space programme. He was the lunar module pilot of the Apollo 17 mission and is the only scientist ever to travel to the moon. Following this mission, Senator Schmitt was appointed a Professor of Engineering Physics, became a U.S. Senator, Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, founder and Chairman of Interlune Intermars Initiative Inc. and an author. http://iya2009malta.page.tl/Astronaut-Geologist-Harrison-Schmitt%2C-Apollo-17-Lunar-Module-Pilot.htm

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