HOUSTON (NASA PR) — NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17, marking the first time in more than 40 years a pristine sample of rock and regolith from the Apollo era has been opened. It sets the stage for scientists to practice techniques to study future samples collected on Artemis missions.
Governor Susana Martinez issued the following statement following Senator Harrison Schmittâ€™s decision to withdraw his nomination to serve as the Stateâ€™s Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources:
â€œSenator Schmitt is a former NASA astronaut who underwent a complete background check by the Department of Public Safety as part of his nomination process.
â€œSenator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information, but he was not willing to waive that investigatorâ€™s liability for any improper actions or use of that information. While one can understand Senator Schmittâ€™s concerns, complying with the Legislatureâ€™s request is necessary to restore public confidence in state government. Thatâ€™s why I am requiring all of my cabinet secretary designees to comply with that request and this has led to Senator Schmitt withdrawing his nomination.
â€œI wish Senator Schmitt the best in his future endeavors and I will work swiftly to find a qualified replacement to lead New Mexicoâ€™s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.â€
Former Apollo astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison â€œJackâ€ Schmitt is poised to take a lead role in the administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. He is one of several astronauts providing advice to the new administration about the future of Spaceport America. And in a highly controversial move, the governor has nominated the conservative global warming skeptic to serve as secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Apollo 17 moon walker Harrison “Jack” Schmitt was in Vienna addressing the Austrian Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, saying that many challenges remain despite NASA’s discovery of water on the moon. The Chinese Xinhua news agency reports:
However, he pointed out that that was not enough to promote the establishment of lunar manned station. In his view, the key issue about water on the moon was not its scarcity but rather how to use it.
Former astronaut speaks out on global warming Associated Press
Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon and once served New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, doesn’t believe that humans are causing global warming.
“I don’t think the human effect is significant compared to the natural effect,” said Schmitt, who is among 70 skeptics scheduled to speak next month at the International Conference on Climate Change in New York.
Back in the day, MTV had a rather amusing, low-brow show called Celebrity Deathmatch. Pretty much what it sounds like, the animated comedy featured clay versions of various celebrities and political leaders fighting to the death in a boxing ring.
As heavy in physical humor as itÂ was often lightÂ in voice talent, the bloody-little-show-that-couldÂ featured some hilarious match-ups, including Mahatma Ghandi vs. Ghenghis Khan, The Three Stooges vs. the Three Tenors, and (my personal favorite) Axis-of-Evil charter member Benito Mussolini vs. super-calihyperlistic director Roberto Benigni.
One wonders what the show – which is out of production – would make of the current dustup between moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt.