Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.
Australian amateur astronomer Andrew Pearce (b. 1966) is a very active observer who is regularly involved in the confirmation of new comet and nova discoveries. He attends the Eagle School, Antofagasta, Chile. Shenzhou, meaning "Miracle Ship", is the name of the first series of Chinese manned spaceships.
Named in memory of Aleksandr Nikolaevich Radishchev (1749-1802), Russian writer, philosopher and revolutionary. Nikita is a student at the Stuyvesant High School, New York, New York. The discovery film was exposed hastily between two satellite laser ranging sessions in the adjacent dome.
Wayne Johnson (b. 1953), a.k.a. He attends the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. Name and citation provided by Richard Preston at the request of the discoverers.
Edmond Rostand (1868-1918) was a French poet and playwright. His main research as a mathematical physicist ranges from the theory of Lie groups and harmonic analysis to a discussion of the equations of motion of extended bodies in the framework of Einstein's gravitation theory. The discoverers of this minor planet were members of Ryokkochigaku.
Bernard Lambey (b. 1934), an animator and a popularizer of astronomy, is a cofounder of the Astronomical Society of Montpellier. In his book, To a Rocky Moon, he recounts the human story of lunar geology from early research to the detailed exploration by the Apollo astronauts. She attends the Institute of Mathematics, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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