Eugene Shoemaker (1928-1997)

Gene Shoemaker one of the greats. Image: NASA

Remembering Eugene M. Shoemaker who was taken from us much too soon. Mr. Shoemaker was much more than co-discoverer of the famous Shoemaker/Levy 9 comet which slammed into Jupiter in July 1994. It has been said he was the Founder of Astrogeology.

NASA has a nice bio written by Brian Marsden here.

Some of Shoemaker’s ashes were carried to the Moon by the Lunar Prospector space probe in a mermorial capsule. So far, his ashes are the only ones to have been left on the moon. The capsule wrapped in brass foil is inscribed with the following quotation from Romeo and Juliet:

“And, when he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

3 thoughts on “Eugene Shoemaker (1928-1997)

  1. Gene you finally made it to the moon!. He was in the running to go to the moon when at the last minute,had a medical issue that prevented him from going. One of my favorite quotes from Gene was “if you want to see what fresh,big impact looks like. You look at the moon”.

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