Aldrin

1982 RO1. Discovered 1982 Sept. 14 by A. Mrkos at Klet.

Named in honor of Edwin Eugene (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. (1930- ), U.S. astronaut, the second man to set foot on the moon. In 1966 he made a record 5.5-hour spacewalk in the course of the Gemini 12 mission. In 1969 he joined Armstrong {see planet (6469)} on the surface of the moon. This minor planet commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the first manned lunar-landing mission. (M 34623)

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

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