Bettadotto

1985 GK. Discovered 1985 Apr. 14 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Elisabetta Dotto (1965- ), Italian planetary scientist. Dotto studied the rotational properties of a large number of minor planets by carrying out accurate photometric observations. She assisted the Galileo mission fly-by of (243) Ida by determining the spin vector and a reference shape using ground-based observations, and she contributed to the ISO mission by interpreting infrared observations. (M 35485)

Name suggested and citation prepared by M. A. Barucci and M. Fulchignoni.

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