American geologist Gene Shoemaker is born

American geologist Gene Shoemaker is born

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Shoemaker is best known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. This comet hit Jupiter in July 1994. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He studied craters on Earth and proved their extra-terrestrial origin.

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