looking to the planets
by bella lanza
life as a young child . . .
Eugene Merle Shoemaker was born in Los Angeles on the 28th of April 1928. As a young adult Eugene received a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the California institute of Technology (Caltech.) 1947, and a Master's Degree from Caltech in 1948. In 1960, he received a Ph.d. from Princeton University. Eugene also studied Planetary Science
his working life . . .
Eugene Merle Shoemaker was the proud founder of Astrogeology. Astrogeology is the study of the geology of the planets and their satellites. He also became interested in collisions of Asteroids and comets with planets and satellites.
his working life continued. . .
While continuing his studies he discovered thirty-tow comets and many asteroids. One of the comets he discovered was later named Shoemaker-levy 9 and in 1994 this comet collided with Jupiter. Eugene also helped in the training of many young American Astronauts, but in 1963 he was diagnosed with Addon's disease which stopped him from becoming a Astronaut.
eugene's last days . . .
Eugene sadly died in a car crash on the 18th of July 1997. He was also the first person to have their ashes buried on the moon! He received three medals because of what he discovered in his lifetime. Eugene received the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute of technology (1965), Gilbert Award of the Geological Society of America (1983), Kupiter Prize of the American astronomical Society (1984).