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December 9 2012

Apollo Veteran: Skip Asteroid, Go to the Moon

Apollo astronaut and geologist Harrison "Jack" Schmitt doesn't buy the prevailing theory that the moon formed from pieces of Earth that were shot into space after a giant impact.

Instead, Schmitt suspects Earth's gravity captured a smaller body that had built itself up in a nearby orbit.

Additional evidence may be found inside a deep crater on the moon's south pole, one of several areas Schmitt, now a professor at the University of Wisconsin, advocates exploring, not only for science, but to prepare for human missions to Mars.

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