Eugene, the Scientist Whose Dream was to Visit the Moon Finally Made it there After His Death

A long time ago, a couple who shared the same passion for space fell in love. In 1950,…

A long time ago, a couple who shared the same passion for space fell in love. In 1950, Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker first met at a wedding ceremony; the love-pair finally tied the knot after a year.  

Ten years later, John F. Kennedy, the United State’s President at that time announced that a man would be sent to the moon. On hearing this, Eugene was very excited; he had an opportunity to join the NASA mission since he was a geologist.

After he went through several medical tests to examine his well-being, the tests revealed that he had Addison’s disease, a disorder of the adrenal glands. He had no chance of reaching the moon. According to Carolyn, this news broke Eugene Shoemeaker’s life as it was of his greatest disappointments.

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However, Eugene still had other good things to achieve. He devoted his time and effort to training astronauts such as Neil Armstrong for their space journey. He helped to develop the field of planetary science by combining the study of astronomy and geology. Eugene alongside his wife and astronomer David Levy discovered a comet-Shoemaker-Levy 9-.

In 1997, Eugene died in a car crash while he and his wife were exploring a meteor crash site. Eugene had always been passionate about exploring craters like this.

While getting treatment in the hospital, Carolyn got a call from NASA. Would she be interested in having some of the ashes of Eugene join the Lunar Prospector mission to the moon? She saw this as a great idea

The following year, the Prospector went to the moon and something really amazing happened: After the mission was completed, the unmanned vehicle ran out of fuel and crashed into the moon’s South Pole, creating a crater where Shoemaker’s ashes remain today.

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