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December 10, 2012
British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89
London (AFP) Dec 09, 2012
Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon's surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced. Moore, whose lunar research was used by both the US and Soviets space programmes, died peacefully at 12:25pm (1225 GMT) at his home in Selsey on the southern English coast. He had succumbed to an infection, colleagues said in a statement. "After a short spell in hospital last week, it was det ... read more
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