Gene Shoemaker (1928-1997) was an American astrogeologist who studied terrestrial and lunar meteorite impact craters and dreamt of going to the Moon. Unfortunately, he had Addison's disease, which prevented that, but rather taught the Apollo astronauts to be geologists. In 1969, he joined a team at Palomar, searching for near-Earth asteroids. He married Carolyn S. Shoemaker. After his death; his ashes were carried to the Moon aboard the Lunar Prospector Space Probe in 1999.
- Universe by Martin Rees, ISBN 978-1-4093-7650-7