So far, humans have set foot on the moon many times, and the farthest space probe has already flown out of the solar system (Voice 1). However, there is only one person who can be buried in extraterrestrial space. He is Eugene Shumei. Gram.
Eugene Shoemaker was born in Los Angeles, USA in 1928. After graduating from the California Institute of Technology, he entered the US Geological Survey (USGS). During his work, he conducted an in-depth study of the Ballinger crater. In 1959, Eugene proposed The crater was formed by meteorites hitting the surface, rather than the traditional volcanic eruption.
Eugene was full of yearning for the moon. He thought about the dense depression on the moon and possibly the same as the crater on the earth. For research, he pioneered the use of geological theories and methods to study the stratigraphic structure on the moon.
He created the Center for Astronomical Geology at the USGS, which included geological studies and mapping of all solid objects in the entire solar system. He is deeply involved in NASA’s Apollo mission to the moon and is responsible for training astronauts in the Apollo program. Originally, Eugene also had the opportunity to board the moon. However, he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, which would affect the patient’s motor function and had to give up.
In addition to studying the Earth and the Moon, his goal expanded to the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, and then expanded to comets, becoming one of the first planetary geologists to study the morphology and statistical distribution of related craters, and to make geology a planetary exploration. An important subject that is indispensable.
In 1993, Eugene officially retired. On July 18 of the same year, the Shoemakers were involved in a car accident on the road to Australia to investigate the crater. Eugene died.
To commemorate Eugene, the Shumek crater in Australia, the asteroid Sumex, and the rendezvous-Sumek probe launched by NASA in 1996 were named after Eugene’s surname. But the most striking commemoration was the lunar explorer detector launched by NASA on January 7, 1998. This detector carried some Eugene’s ashes to the moon. When the mission was about to end, the detector crashed into a 50-kilometer crater in the South Pole of the Moon. As a result, some of Eugene’s ashes were buried in the moon’s south pole forever, blending with the moon’s land.
He became the only person buried in a celestial body outside the earth, and finally realized the dream of a moon landing in his youth.