Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Named in honor of Marjo Riika Kuusela (1964- ), specialist in Russian literature, whose perfect knowledge of the Russian language, lively wit and amiable disposition won the respect and friendship of all Russian- speaking participants at the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 1991 conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. A promotor of cartesian geometry, he printed the first Latin version of Descartes' La Géométrie in 1649. Davies has been a vociferous supporter of the need for search programs for near-earth objects.


Named in memory of Kinjiro Kida (1893-1962), Hokkaido-born painter, known for his landscapes, and whose work has been compared to that of Cezanne and other impressionists. exploration of the solar system. He attends the Westview High School, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.


Robert J. Miller (b. 1950), astronomer at the U.S. He has worked on the planetesimal accretion of planetary systems and collisions in the Kuiper Belt. Patrizia Zuaboni (b. 1958), an affectionate friend of both discoverers, contributed to the idea that they should get married.


The east Bohemian town of Litomysl was founded in the thirteenth century. In July 1999 she became NASA's first female shuttle commander. Named in honor of Ryoko Kikuchi (1964- ), who was backup to the first Japanese astronaut, Toyohiro Akiyama, and helped to report details of environmental disruption.


I-Chun Florence Lin (b. 1997) is a finalist in the 2011 Broadcom MASTERS, a math and science competition for middle-school students, for her physical sciences project. He has been generous with his time and talents to both the Mount Washington (meteorological) and Lowell observatories. He is also lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock group "Queen".

Data from The IAU Minor Planet Center, mashed up by Leonard Richardson.

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