From the reviews:
There have been many books written about the future lunar exploration and the long-term benefits to the Moon's and Earth's occupants of doing so. Only one book, however, has been written by a man who has actually been to the Moon, explored its surface, and knows firsthand the economic benefits locked in the Moon's regolith. Harrison Scmitt's Return to the Moon will serve as a blueprint for how to achieve this and contribute to making the Vision for Space Exploration a reality.
Anthony Young, The Space Review, January 3, 2006
"Astronaut geologist Harrison Schmitt outlines his vision of a Return to the Moon, and the mining of helium 3 to provide a future energy source for the earth. … The result is an erudite and persuasive thesis … . This is an important book and one that really should be read … . The book is well written, challenging and prescient." (Michael Condry, Spaceflight, Vol. 49, January, 2007)
"The author has unique qualifications for writing this exposition. Schmitt was the only scientist among 12 astronauts to visit the Moon … . There are … excellent diagrams and pictures from the author’s own Apollo 17 mission. Springer is becoming a major publisher of space books for professionals, especially through its Copernicus and Praxis affiliations, who were responsible for this stimulating volume." (Philip R. Harris, Space Policy, Vol. 23 (2), 2007)
"Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt … presents a compelling case for returning man to the moon. … This bold book is detail oriented and describes how Schmitt would reinvigorate the U.S. space program through a public-private partnership to mine helium-3 on the moon for generating inexpensive fusion power on Earth. Dr. Schmitt, a geologist, astronaut, U.S. Senator, businessman, and teacher, uses his years of experience and knowledge to carefully craft a program to put man back into deep space for the long term." (K. Eric Livo, Economic Geology, Vol. 101, 2006)
Harrison Schmitt is, as of this date, the 12th and last human to have stepped on the Moon. As an astronaut, pilot, geologist, academic, businessman, and United States Senator, he has had a distinguished career in science and technology practice and policy. Schmitt was the first scientist to go into space specifically to explore the Moon as the Lunar Module Pilot and field geologist on the last Lunar Mission, Apollo 17. He is active in private and government sponsored research into a return to the Moon, and in fusion technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Adjunct Professor of Engineering. In his role as a Senator (R-NM, 1977-1983) he was chairman of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.
The text material is data-packed and detailed with scientific and engineering flavors. It reflects the experience of the author with NASA and the Apollo team, including historic... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patricia Muszynski
In this book, Schmitt is making a strong pitch on how humans might begin a permanent entry into space. Read morePublished 18 months ago by FatAndrew
I was interested Schmitt's reasons for going back to the moon, after hearing him at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center.Published 19 months ago by caldwin
This is an excellent presentation about why returning to the moon could lead to a new safe energy source Helium-3. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Bert Plummer
Don't you all think, we should go to the moon first, before we talk about going back? Folks, we did not go to the moon.Published on April 16, 2012 by iruri
Former Astronaut, scientist, and Senator, Dr. Schmitt combines his many talents and current work with NASA and scholars at the University of Wisconsin to build a compelling case... Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Dr. Joseph D. Novak
I've always been a big space exploration advocate, so OK, I'm an easy sell on reasons to go out there. Read morePublished on May 17, 2007 by Anton Karidian
The book sounds great, but the bio describes Schmitt as "the 12th and last human to have stepped on the Moon. Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Roy
If you are interested in the exploitation of space, you will find this a very thought-provoking read. Read morePublished on February 18, 2007 by Temponaut