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Announcing Asteroid 9250 Chamberlin

Forwarded from Don Yeomans:

The International Astronomical Union has recently named asteroid 9250 Chamberlin in honor of Alan Chamberlin at JPL.

(9250) Chamberlin = 4643 P-L

Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels.

Named in honor of Alan B. Chamberlin, a senior engineer within the Navigation and Flight Mechanics Section of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since joining the staff at JPL in 1996, Alan has shown his expertise in astronomical observing and celestial mechanics. His research work has centered on the search for gaseous emissions from suspected defunct comets and the uncertainties associated with the Earth close approaches of the so-called potentially hazardous objects. For the New Millennium Deep Space One spacecraft that was launched on 1998 Oct. 25, Alan is responsible for the ephemeris development for both the mission targets and the two dozen well-observed asteroids that will be used by this spacecraft to autonomously navigate to its targets.

Don Yeomans
Member, Small Body Names Committee
International Astronomical Union

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