Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eugene Shoemaker

Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona, was the first impact crater to be recognized as such. In 1957, a young graduate student named Eugene Shoemaker (later of Comet Shoemaker-Levy fame) convinced scientists that the iron fragments, a layer of broken rocks, and melted globs of soil were caused by a meteorite, not a volcano.
Happy Birthday, Buddy.

geologist,astronomer,Eugene Shoemaker
geologist,astronomer,Eugene Shoemaker

1 comment:

stefanobloch said...

I once went in search of Shoemaker's Moon Crater on my way back from Minnesota via WInslow Utah where we stopped at the Center for Land-Use Interpretation bungalow. I was driving south-west across Nevada and I pulled into an opening in a gate where I thought the crater was (judging by the tiny spot on the map). After an hour of driving across low brush and almost getting stuck in the sand many times while smelling the burning sage under the engine of my low-lying Honda Civic, I made my way back to the highway as the sun was setting. Once back on the highway Maria and I saw the real opening to the crater. It was a huge sign next to a paved road leading to the spot.