Lunar astronaut, geologist slated for Discover Science Lecture Series

Harrison Schmitt shown standing on the surface of the Moon on the last manned lunar mission.

Harrison Schmitt shown standing on the surface of the Moon on the last manned lunar mission.


A scientist who walked on the moon is the next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Harrison Schmitt will be on campus to share his experience as the last man to have stepped foot on the moon. Schmitt, a retired NASA astronaut and a trained geologist, is also the only scientist to have landed on the lunar surface.

One of the few remaining moonwalkers, Schmitt will share his one-of-a-kind insights on NASA’s early days, the race to the moon and the extraordinary lessons he learned while on its surface. The world’s leading expert on the moon’s geological composition, he provides an in-depth but accessible look at the resources and business opportunities that further lunar exploration could yield. Good-humored and still as excited about the moon as the day he set foot on it, Schmitt is a valuable source of inspiration for scientists, students and lovers of space alike. He authored the book Return to the Moon.

Schmitt's lecture is at 7 p.m. at the Davidson Mathematics and Science Building in the Nell. J. Redfield Foundation Auditorium, DMS 110. The Discover Science Lecture Series is free and open to the public through the generous support of donors to the College of Science. Parking is free on the top level of the Whalen Parking Garage for the event.

The lecture series also produces the Discover Science podcast where subscribers can listen to in-depth conversations between the visiting lecturers and College of Science faculty and students. The Discover Science podcast is available on most podcast listening applications, including Spotify, Apple podcasts, Anchor FM and more.

Past speakers in the series include astrophysicists Michio Kaku and Neil deGrasse Tyson; Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic; and Bill Nye the Science Guy. More information can be found on the Discover Science website. The series was founded by the College of Science in 2010, with the goal of bringing the country's top scientists to the University to share their knowledge, research and wisdom with the community.

"Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown. We invite science lovers and the science-curious to join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit the University of Nevada, Reno for our Discover Science Lecture Series," Jeff Thompson, acting vice president and provost and founder of the Discover Science Lecture Series, said.


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