di-ve 15.04.09

Lunar astronaut to visit Malta

di-ve.com by di-ve.com - editorial@di-ve.com
Local News -- 15 April 2009 -- 11:00CEST
The only scientist ever to travel to the moon will be delivering 2 talks at the University of Malta next week.
Harrison Hagan Schmitt, 73, is a retired geologist who was involved in NASA’s Apollo space programme. He was in the Apollo 17 mission, which took place in 1972, and is the twelfth and last person to walk on the moon. He was later appointed as a professor of engineering physics, was elected to serve as a US Senator from 1977 to 1983, and became chairman of the NASA Advisory Council.

On Wednesday, April 22, he will be delivering a talk on his mission. The event, which will be held at the Erin Serracino Inglott Hall at university, is intended for the public.

On the following day, Senator Schmitt will be making a presentation entitled “Space exploration and exploitation”, an event more suited to persons with an interest in space exploration, academics and science students aged 16 and over. This presentation is to be held at Room 401 at the university’s mathematics and physics building.

Following the presentations, the astronaut will be taking questions from the audience. Both presentations start at 1830h and last for around an hour, although the audience is asked to be seated 15 minutes before the start.

Attendance to the talks is free of charge and open to the public. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register by sending an email to physics.sci@um.edu.mt, listing the dates of the talks they wish to attend in the subject caption.
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