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RIP on the moon

The final resting place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker is the moon.

The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer had trained the Apollo mission astronauts about craters but never made it into space.

Dr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem.  His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998.  NASA crashed the probe into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999, in an attempt to learn if there was water on the moon.

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