Schmitt will be presented this prestigious award at the Geological Society of America Presidential Address Ceremony in Minneapolis on October 9th.
His work experience includes being project chief for lunar field geological methods for the U.S. Geological Survey's Astrogeology Center at Flagstaff, Arizona. He was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965, was instrumental in providing Apollo flight crews with detailed instruction in lunar navigation, field geology, and feature recognition, and in December 1972 was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 17.
In August of 1975, Dr. Schmitt resigned from NASA to run for U.S. Senator for his home state of New Mexico; he won and served for one term. For years he has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He was the inaugural winner of the 2010 Columbia Medal for Earth & Space from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He chaired the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2008.
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