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This week’s visit and lectures at the University of Malta by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, former NASA astronaut and one of the last two men to set foot on the moon, has revived fond memories for an academic member of staff at the University. When Dr Robert M. Borg, currently Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, was just 16 years old, he was treated to an adventure that was closely connected with Senator Schmitt’s Apollo 17 lunar journey. It was December 1972, and to mark the last expedition to the moon, NASA had organised an "International Youth Science Tour" (IYST), where a science student from every country in the world was invited to visit various NASA and other scientific facilities in the United States. A local selection committee was set up under the auspices of the Education Department, and Prof. Borg (then simply Robert M. Borg, a student at the Junior College which at the time was run by the Royal University of Malta) was shortlisted and eventually chosen to represent Malta. He left Malta on December 1st 1972 to join students from more than 70 other countries in Washington DC.

The tour was organised to run concurrently with the Apollo 17 mission. Indeed the first (and most exciting) highlight of the trip was being present at the live night time launch of Apollo 17 at Cape Kennedy. It was an awesome fiery and earth-shaking experience that none of the students would ever forget. This was followed by quieter, but equally memorable occasions, such as meeting Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins, as well as other NASA personalities. They also toured facilities such as the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Whilst at the Manned Spacecraft Center, the students were able to watch a live transmission of a moonwalk by astronauts Schmitt and Eugene A. Cernan. During the session, Cernan picked up a moon rock which he dedicated to all the participating students' countries. In fact, a fragment of the rock was eventually sent as a gift to all participating countries' Governments. Prof. Borg had been invited to the presentation ceremony, where he was named honorary custodian of the moon rock by the then US Ambassador John I. Getz. Sadly, the moon rock was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in Mdina in 2004. Prof. Borg hopes that Senator Schmitt's visit will also serve as a reminder to the authorities that the crime is still unsolved, and provide impetus to recover the pea-sized priceless relic which was a unique gift from the United States to the people of Malta and Gozo.

The IYST was a major factor in determining that Prof. Borg, like many of the other students, embarked on a scientific academic career, and he has been grateful to NASA and the US Government ever since. He was looking forward to meeting with Senator Schmitt personally this time.

University of Malta Academic Member of Staff’s Link to Apollo 17

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