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Commemorating Apollo 17 Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt, one of three crew members of Apollo 17, the final historic mission that concluded the Apollo program, will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the AOPA Pavilion. His presentation commemorating the 40th anniversary of that mission is sponsored by Nikon. Apollo 17’s crew was the last of 12 humans to step on the surface of the moon. The mission concluded the Apollo program, which spanned nine years from 1963 to 1972. Schmitt served as Apollo 17’s Lunar Module Pilot. He joined two other NASA explorers on the mission, Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, and Ronald E. Evans, Command Module Pilot. Schmitt was the first scientist-astronaut to land on the moon. Over the course of 75 hours on the lunar surface, he and Cernan set up six automated research stations, gathered 243 pounds of material, and used the lunar rover vehicle to cover 30.5 kilometers of the lunar surface. Schmitt has had a storied career as geologist, pilot, astronaut, administrator, businessman, writer, and U.S. Senator. He has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the International Space

Dr. Schmitt on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. Hall of Fame and has received honorary degrees from eight U.S. and Canadian universities. Dr. Schmitt is co-founder and chairman of Interlune-Intermars Initiative, Inc., created to advance the private sector’s acquisition of lunar resources and Helium-3 fusion power.

He also is the author of “Return to the Moon,” which describes a private enterprise approach to providing lunar helium-3 fusion energy resources for use on Earth. The book will be available at the presentation and Schmitt will be available for autographs.


Check out the new Kid Zone A new attraction this year is the Mobile Mountain Aviation-Themed Kid Zone, just east of the Main Entrance. The Kid Zone features jump castles, and a state-of-the-art combination that features a full rock climbing wall and a 200-foot zip line. Meanwhile, other SUN ’n FUN Youth Activities are based at the new Piedmont Hangar, east of the Tom Davis Educational Center. This area is filled with a variety of interesting aviation-based activities, SUN ’n FUN volunteers said. Children of all ages will be fascinated by the flight simulator lab featuring the HotSeat Flight Simulator. Visitors also can enjoy multimedia presentations and movies. Plus, no visit would be complete without an opportunity to try out the Kid Air II or Scamp, always popular attractions. And, just in case anyone is hungry, hot dogs and snacks are available. School tours also begin and end in the Youth Activities Area, allowing hundreds of students, teachers, and chaperones to experience a major aviation event, many for the first time.

April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  
April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  

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