Former Astronaut, NASA Engineer Visit Prep Students Virtually


Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Apollo 17 moon walker and New Mexico native, spoke to students in Sandia Prep's Cosmology and Astronomy class recently. Schmitt discussed his adventures on the moon and the future of the space program and answered students' questions. Schmitt flew in space as Apollo 17’s Lunar Module Pilot, landing in the moon’s Valley of Taurus-Littrow, December 11, 1972. He is the only scientist and last of 12 men to step on the moon, according to NASA. Schmitt was elected to the United States Senate from New Mexico in 1976. As part of his consulting business in aerospace and earth science, he chaired the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Andrew Santangelo, a NASA engineer who builds nanosatellites and is working on the Artemis project to get people back to the moon, gave Prep students a virtual stargaze. They could see Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and other objects in the night sky from the comfort of their own homes. Many families joined in the virtual visits.