Group members John Pernet-Fisher and Ricci Bahia are back from the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) at the Woodland, Texas. Hot weather, good Mexican food, and jam-packed talks on planetary science made for a memorable time!
Below are a few snaps from the week.
Among the talks was a special Q&A panel celebrating 45 years since Apollo 17 launched. The panel included flight director Gerry Griffin, last man to walk on the moon Jack Schmitt, and ‘back-room’ geologist Jim Head. This was a fascinating insight into the final Apollo mission. The full panel can be viewed here:
Apollo 17 was the culmination of the Apollo programme, landing in the Taurus–Littrow valley on December 1972. Completing 3 moonwalks, Eugene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were the last two men to walk on the Moon, Jack being the only trained geologist to have carried out field-work on the lunar surface. Basalts were predominantly returned from this mission. Uniquely, orange volcanic glass was first discovered during the second moon walk. Such glass formed during volcanic fire-fountaining on the lunar surface, similar to eruptions from volcanos such as Stromboli on Earth. These glasses are important because they have provided critical insights into the chemical composition and water content of the lunar interior.
More about the Apollo Orange Glass can be found here:
Transcripts from the Apollo 17 moonwalks can be found here:
More information about the Apollo missions can be found here: