No, but given that Schmidt is a highly trained geologist, who has experience with the Moon that no other geologist currently has, I’m inclined to at least give him a listen. Dismissing his theories on the basis of his political views or for his comments on an area outside of his specialization in science is akin to tossing out communication satellites, because their inventor, Arthur C. Clarke, started babbling, near the end of his life, about seeing NASA photos of Martian lifeforms.
Perhaps, but I’m not sure what the brightest geologist could have observed about Moon collision or orbital changes, not sure I buy the “geologists eyes” bit in this particular instance.
There are other clues to the Moon’s origin besides orbital mechanics. Remember, on one of the later Apollo missions they found orange soil, which nobody expected to be on the Moon. (Discovered completely by random chance. One of the astronauts happened to look down after he moved his foot and spotted the stuff. I’d like to see a rover do that.) One of the priorities of training the Apollo astronauts was in geology, because by looking at the surface features, they could identify not only the types of rocks likely to be found in an area, but also how the rocks were formed. All the crews were put through intensive geological training, because the only way to get a clue about the formation of the Moon and the early solar system was to grab the right kind of rocks. As a trained geologist, Schmidt could pick up on a subconscious level many things that other people would miss. Perhaps a different geologist on the Moon would come up with a different answer than Schmidt. We won’t know until that happens. The Moon is roughly the size of Africa, and a dozen men have poked around an area about the size of Cape Town for a few days, bringing back a couple hundred pounds of rocks. That’s not really enough to settle the matter.
Other than that, sorry, and you know as a kid of the 60s and into the Space Program he was one of my heroes but no more, given his dishonest discourses on climatology.
Can’t help it, I’m really up to here, listening to these various “great scientists” utterly misrepresent and misdirect, and commit lies of omission and a few of commission when it come to portraying climatology that I could puke.
As Harry Harrison once said, “Even God is allowed to nod, a little.” If you haven’t read A Man on the Moon, I urge you to do so, it goes into the Apollo missions in far greater detail than the mini-series based on it did. Large sections of the book are focused on geology, how important it was to the missions (and how Alan Shepard nearly blew the geologic component of his mission). Schmidt was the only non-engineer on an Apollo flight. Not only did he have to keep up with his geological work, while getting into shape to be an astronaut, but he also had to learn how to fly. He also lobbied for the ballsiest Apollo mission (namely, landing on the far side of the Moon), but was overridden by the brass at NASA who were concerned about something going wrong.