HomeSpace FlightApollo 17 moonwalker hails launch of fellow geologist-astronaut Jessica Watkins

Apollo 17 moonwalker hails launch of fellow geologist-astronaut Jessica Watkins

One of the last men to set foot on the moon watched Wednesday as SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission for NASA blasted off to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket. Among the four Crew-4 astronauts are some who NASA is considering for a future lunar trip.

Harrison Schmitt was a member of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, which landed in the Taurus–Littrow valley on the near side of the moon. He was the first and so far the only geologist to visit the moon and was personally invited to watch launch, which lifted off early Wednesday (April 27) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, by NASA astronaut and Crew-4 member Jessica Watkins.

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