Beregovoj

1990 WJ3. Discovered 1990 Nov. 19 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the Russian cosmonaut Georgij Beregovoj (1921-1995). In October 1968 he orbited the earth 64 times in a Soyuz 3 spacecraft and was safely recovered on land at Karaganda. He also performed space maneuvers near an unmanned Soyuz 2 spacecraft. Author of more than 300 scientific articles, he always put an emphasis on the importance of the role of the human factor in cosmic flights. Beregovoj was a member of the organizing committee for the 1995 international meeting "ecological consequences of the collision of the earth with small bodies of the solar system". His efforts led to the acquisition from the Russian government of a military airplane for use in the 37th expedition to Vanavara-Tunguska, and he hoped to participate in this exploration of the site of the 1908 impact. Sadly, he died unexepectedly during medical treatment shortly beforehand. (M 25655)

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