Eugene Shoemaker, a planetary scientist, is the only person in the world, who was buried on the Moon.
Nowadays there is a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to preserving your remains. You can be buried in your great-great-great-grandmother’s old grave, you can be cremated and your ashes can be scattered all across the world. You can become an underwater coral or you can simply become the root of a lovely green tree. The list goes on and on. But what you probably didn’t know is that apart from remaining on the Earth, you can be buried on the Moon as well.
Eugene “Gene” Shoemaker is the only person in the world, who was buried on the Moon – at least for now, of course. Shoemaker was born in 1928 and he became one of the greatest American geologists, astro-geologists and planetary scientists of all times. In fact, he wasn’t only a scientist, but he basically founded the field of the planetary science. Throughout his lifetime he was awarded with several outstanding medals for his numerous contributions towards science. Eugene, his wife Carolyn and David Levy discovered the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. He died at the age of 69 in 1997 during a car accident. His body was cremated.
Two years after the accident some of Eugene’s ashes were buried on the Moon. They were carried in a memorial capsule designed by another prominent planetary scientist – Carolyn Porco. The memorial capsule was launched into space and carried to the Moon by NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft. Part of the capsule is engraved with a quotation from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
According to official reports, Eugene Shoemaker is still the only person up to date, whose remains were buried on the Moon.