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Gerard Peter Kuiper (1905)

The "father of modern planetary science," Dutch-American astronomer Gerard Kuiper made many discoveries about the solar system, among them the presence of a methane atmosphere around Saturn's satellite Titan and a carbon dioxide-rich one on Mars and the existence of Uranus's satellite Miranda and Neptune's satellite Nereid. He also proposed the existence of a disk-shaped region of minor planets and comets—now called the Kuiper belt—outside Neptune's orbit. What did he help identify on the Moon? More...
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An eye-opener about Kupier:

"With his naked eye, Kuiper made sketches throughout an entire
winter to record the faintest members of the Pleiades star
cluster that he could detect. On his master chart, Leiden
Observatory astronomers, to whom he sent the results, found
the limiting magnitude 7.5, nearly four times fainter than
those visible to the normal human eye. Even in his later
years, Kuiper's visual acuity was exceptional."

(http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/kuiper-gerard.pdf)

Let's see now, by that logic sprinters should have bigger legs, politicians bigger mouths, and porn stars bigger...well, you fill in the blank.



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