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Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 17:46:36 PST

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From: Larry Kellogg
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:12 PM
Cc: Larry Kellogg
Subject: Apollo 17 - Marshall web site

Hello again. Two in a day and it is going to rain. :-)

Maybe you would like to take a look at

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The Space Exploration Advocacy Group is dedicated to promotion
of a robust program of space exploration for the benefit of humanity
as well as all life on Earth. Join us to explore, discuss, argue, question
and learn more about space exploration science, history and current
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The "nickname" for the Space Advocacy Group is SpaceADG.
SpaceADG was founded on September 19, 2002. The goal of
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missions, remote sensing (probes), ground-based research and
development activities, commercial space, and planetary science
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Jim McDade posted a note about Marshall Space Flight Center web page
for Apollo 17

Read on and may some of you out there help make it happen.



Date: 12 Dec 2002 23:36:58 -0000
Subject: [SpaceADG] Digest Number 71


There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

       1. Apollo 17 Anniversary
            From: Jim McDade <>
       2. Lunar trips seen on horizon
            From: Jim McDade <>


Message: 1
    Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 09:49:03 -0600
    From: Jim McDade <>
Subject: Apollo 17 Anniversary

The Marshall Space Flight Center History office has posted a new web page
with links to historic Apollo 17 documents, videos, and photos:

-Jim McDade


Message: 2
    Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:06:24 -0600
    From: Jim McDade <>
Subject: Lunar trips seen on horizon

>From coverage of the Apollo 17 Anniversary events in Huntsville The
Birmingham News at

U.S. will return to moon, visit Mars, ex-Apollo astronauts say
News staff writer
HUNTSVILLE A group of children sat on the floor of the U.S. Space and Rocket
Center on Wednesday and listened to Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and
Jack Schmitt talk about their trip to the moon.
A little girl raised her hand and asked when they landed on the moon.
Their three-day stay on the lunar surface began on Dec. 11, 1972 30 years
ago Wednesday, Schmitt replied.
The 68-year-old Cernan added, "From your point of view it was just after
Columbus discovered America."
The two former astronauts were the last men to walk on the moon. By the time
Apollo 17 lifted off, thousands of NASA workers were being laid off and the
remainder of the Apollo missions had been canceled as public interest in the
moon waned.
Both astronauts said it's time to educate and inspire a new generation of
space explorers to go back to the moon.
"Not only are we going to go back to the moon, but we're going to go on to
Mars and you all are going to take us there," Cernan told the children.
Cernan and Schmitt made several stops around Huntsville as part of the 30th
anniversary celebration of Apollo 17. Ron Evans, who orbited in the command
module during the moonwalks, died in 1990.
The Rocket City is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which
developed the Saturn V rockets that took men to the moon and the lunar
rovers the astronauts drove around once they got there.
Cernan and Schmitt said they believe there's a need to go back to the moon,
and it won't be too long before that happens.
"I firmly believe that within 10 to 15 years we'll be back," Schmitt said
during a video teleconference at New Century Technology High School with
students from schools around Madison County.
Schmitt, 67, has a doctorate in geology and was the only civilian scientist
among the 12 astronauts to walk on the moon.
A material called helium 3 that is imbedded in the lunar surface could be
mined to produce environmentally friendly fusion energy on Earth, Schmitt
said. One ton of helium 3 could produce enough energy to serve 10 million
people in the United States for a year, he said.
Once energy production from the moon begins, Schmitt told the students, he
believes man will permanently settle it. "Some of you or some of your
children may indeed become residents on the moon."
When the moon is routinely accessible, he said, Mars will become routinely
accessible. The technology needed to go back to the moon is roughly the same
that's needed to go to Mars, he said.
Private businesses probably will have to take the lead in financing a
mission to the moon or Mars, said Schmitt, a former U.S. senator from New
Mexico. In today's political climate, he said, NASA probably could not get
the kind of budget it took to get Apollo off the ground.
Cernan said he believes there will have to be a mixture of government and
private funding.
Taking on another moon mission would spur technological advances like those
that came out of the Apollo program, Cernan and Schmitt said. "You always
gain more than it costs," Schmitt said.
Art Stephenson, director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, said at a
luncheon that one of NASA's new missions is to inspire the next generation
of explorers. That generation will have real-life heroes like Cernan and
Schmitt to look up to, he said.
"Gene and Jack lived every little child's dream," Stephenson said.
-Jim McDade


Larry R. Kellogg

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