He ran for US Senate in 1976, defeating a two-term incumbent by a 15% margin.
In 1973 he received the Republic of Senegal's National Order of the Lion.
As of 2006, Schmitt is chair of the NASA Advisory Council, which provides technical advice to the NASA Administrator.
He was given an Honorary Life Membership in the New Mexico Geological Society in 1973.
Since 1994 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin.
He is currently Chairman and President of the Annapolis Center for Environmental Quality.
Dr. Schmitt was the first Scientist-Astronaut and the only one to go to the moon.
While serving in the US Senate, he was the ranking Republican on the Science, Technology, and Space subcommittee.
Dr. Schmitt was appointed as one of the first Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholars at the California Institute of Technology in July of 1973.
Although born in Santa Rita, he grew up in Silver City, NM.
In addition to being an astronaut, he was involved in training Apollo crews in geological field techniques.
Although it is attributed to the "Crew of Apollo 17", Schmitt took the photograph titled "The Blue Marble" which is the most widely distributed photograph of Earth ever taken from outer space.
He is the only person to ever walk on the moon who had never served in the US military.
After graduating from college he studied geology at Norway's University of Oslo.
He graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1957.
He was the backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15 and Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17.
In 1964, he received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geology from Harvard.
He attended Western High School in Silver City, New Mexico.
Jack Schmitt was instrumental in establishing and organizing NASA's Energy Program Office.