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astronomy people

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Copernicus
Polish, believed the earth was not the center of the universe
Newton
English, believed God used gravity to hold all the planets in place, used calculus to prove this
Aristarchus
Greek, believed the earth was not the center of the universe
Eudoxus
first to believe in stationary stars and wandering stars
Aristotle
Greek, ancient that believed the earth was a sphere
Gagarin
Russian, first man in space to come back alive
Goddard
American, rocket genius who got no respect
Hipparchus
Greek, ancient who figured the distance to the moon
Hubble
American, stars are moving away, red shift, big bang, Wheaton native
Kepler
German, first to believe the planets moved in an elliptical orbit
Halley
English, had a comet named after him
Galileo
Italian, built a better telescope in the 1500's
Erastostenes
Greek, ancient who came very close to figuring out the circumference of the earth
Ptolemy
Egyptian, believed the earth was the center of the universe
Von Braun
German, designed the Saturn V moon rocket, Hitler's ace rocket scientist, came to USA
Shepherd
American, first American to go into space and come back alive