A Closer Look at National Space Council User’s Advisory Group Nominees


So, I finally had a chance to go through folks that Vice President Mike Pence nominated to serve on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group.

Below is my attempt to break down the 29 nominees by category. It’s far from perfect because several of them could easily be listed under multiple categories. But, here’s my best shot at it.

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Jack Schmitt Withdraws Name for New Mexico Energy Post

Governor Susana Martinez issued the following statement following Senator Harrison Schmitt’s decision to withdraw his nomination to serve as the State’s Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources:

“Senator Schmitt is a former NASA astronaut who underwent a complete background check by the Department of Public Safety as part of his nomination process.

“Senator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information, but he was not willing to waive that investigator’s liability for any improper actions or use of that information. While one can understand Senator Schmitt’s concerns, complying with the Legislature’s request is necessary to restore public confidence in state government. That’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.

“I wish Senator Schmitt the best in his future endeavors and I will work swiftly to find a qualified replacement to lead New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.”

New Mexico Governor Seeks Advice on Spaceport America From Jack Schmitt

Former Apollo astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison “Jack” 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.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Schmitt has been providing input to Gov. Martinez’s Spaceport Review Team, which is reviewing the project’s status, financing and future. The review team, which includes leaders from the business and space communities, is receiving advice from a number of astronauts, including space shuttle commander Sid Gutierrez.

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Jack Schmitt on Lunar Water: Don’t Make Reservations for the Moon Just Yet

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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.

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Moonwalker Schmitt Pushes Conspiracy Theories on Global Warming

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.

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Buzz vs. Jack: A Deathmatch Made in Heaven

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 it was often light in voice talent, the bloody-little-show-that-could 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.

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