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Fred Whipple

Age: 97

rocket scientist whose “dirty snowball theory” suggested that comets are made of ice and rock. He invented a thin shield of metal, called the Whipple shield, to protect spacecraft from high-speed particles.

Died: Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 30, 2004

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