Armstrong

(1982 PC )
CURRENT POSITION: 29 ARI 30
Incl: 3.95907
Eccent: 0.2037797
Period: 3.3074018178497 years
AU 2.2197867
Type: 0000

Discovery Chart

14.8.1982 23:07 Klet 14e17 48n53 observations 1

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Named in honor of Neil Alden Armstrong (1930– ), U.S. astronaut, the first man to set foot on the moon. In 1966 he and David Scott aboard Gemini 8 conducted the first docking in space. In 1969, along with Aldrin and Collins {see planets  (6470) and  (6471)}, he blasted off in Apollo 11 toward the moon, and on July 20 the Eagle module landed on a plain near the southwestern edge of Mare Tranquillitatis. This minor planet commemorates the 30th anniversary of the first manned lunar-landing mission. (M 34623)

Name suggested by J. Tichá, M. Tichý and Z. Moravec, who observed this minor planet at its 1995 opposition, just prior to numbering.

Discovered on 14-8-1982 in Klet by Mrkos, A.

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