HOUSTON—Of the dozen Apollo astronauts who walked the Moon’s surface a half century ago, only one—Apollo 17’s Harrison Schmitt—was a professional career geologist when selected for the agency’s astronaut corps. To be sure an emphasis on lunar field geology is not overlooked as NASA races to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, Schmitt and Kip V. Hodges, Arizona State University foundation professor of Earth and space exploration, are calling on ...

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