PLANO, Texas–The most recent human alive to have walked on the moon will speak to Catalyst Corporate’s annual Economic & Payments Forum later this year.
Harrison Schmitt, who graduated from Harvard with a degree in geology before joining NASA’s astronaut corps, took three walks on the moon and then returned to Earth where he became a U.S. senator and an author. In 1972, Schmitt was part of the Apollo 17 team, and he became the 12th person to walk on the moon. Apollo 17 was the last to go to the moon before the program was cancelled.
Schmitt will share his unique perspective on achievement, human advancement and what it’s like to drive NASA’s version of a go-cart on a dusty lunar surface some 240,000 miles from home, according to Catalyst Corporate.
Schmitt will talk about his extraordinary life and be a special guest at a Credit Union Foundation fundraising lunch during the Economic & Payments Forum, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Omni Frisco Hotel, adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters and practice facilities, in Texas.
‘The Future is Coming’
Catalyst said the event, titled “The Future is Coming” will feature economists, financial industry thought leaders and payments/technology experts who will provide actionable information credit unions can apply to their own institutions' operations.
Together with astronaut Gene Cernan, Schmitt used his geology training to collect 240 pounds of lunar samples. He is the only scientist to walk on the moon. During their three days on the moon, Schmitt walked on the moon surface three times and helped explore more than 22 miles of lunar landscape with a lunar rover.
Career in Government
After retiring from NASA, Schmitt was elected to the United States Senate from New Mexico, where he chaired the Commerce Subcommittee on Space and Technology and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
Sen. Schmitt later served on President Reagan’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Army Science Board and President H. W. Bush’s Ethics Commission. From 2005 to 2008, he also chaired the NASA Advisory Council.
He has authored “Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise and Energy in the Human Exploration of Space.”
Registration for Catalyst Corporate's Economic & Payments Forum will open in early April.