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A new song inspires memory of the man buried on the Moon

June 5, 2020

Millions of people are listening to a song called “Shoemaker” by a Finnish music group called 'Nightwish', written as a tribute to Dr. Eugene Shoemaker (April 28, 1928 – July 18, 1997) , founder of Astrogeology Science Center.


Shoemaker: founder of Astrogeology Science Center
Dr.  Eugene Shoemaker. Photo Credit: NASA

Eugene Shoemaker was a renowned geologist, a founder of planetary science, and also known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 along with Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy, and the first man to be buried on the Moon.  While visiting an impact crater site in Australia, Eugene and wife Carolyn were in an accident that caused his death, after which his life-long dream to go to the Moon was realized: on January 6, 1998, the ashes of Eugene were launched aboard NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission to the Moon, and he was buried near the south pole.

Carolyn Shoemaker said, “ I can look up at the Moon and imagine him there, with his rocks, looking down at me. He still lights up every single one of my night skies,” as it was her man on the Moon.

Members of the Nightwish music group have said they are greatly inspired to express, in music, the powerful story of the resting place of Eugene Shoemaker’s ashes. Shoemaker, the song from Nightwish’s album, Human :: Nature, along with an accompanying video, can be heard and seen by visiting here or visit

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