|Born||August 9, 1915|
|Died||November 2, 1998(aged 83)|
Mareta N. West (August 9, 1915 – November 2, 1998) was an American astrogeologist who in the 1960s chose the site of the first manned lunar landing, Apollo 11. She was the first female astrogeologist. Her cremated remains were launched into space.
In the 1940s, West worked as a petroleum geologist in the oil and gas industry before becoming the first woman geologist hired by the United States Geological Survey in Arizona. She was the first woman astrogeologist.
- Nuclear Power Reactor Sites in the Southeastern United States, 1978.
- West Side of the Moon
Cremated remains launched into space
Her cremated remains were launched into space aboard a SpaceLoft-XL rocket on April 28, 2007 as part of the first commercial attempt to launch human remains for lunar "burial". This was a sub-orbital launch, and the cremains were recovered afterwards. They were launched again on August 2, 2008, aboard a Falcon 1 rocket. The intended destination of this flight was low Earth orbit, however the rocket failed two minutes after launch.
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