1981 EF17. Discovered 1981 Mar. 1 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in honor of John C. Brandt of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, for his fundamental contributions to our understanding of solar system astrophysics. Founder of a "Comet Observatory", Brandt has worked on many aspects ofcometary science, particularly the interaction of the solar wind with comets. He was Comet Scientist on the International Cometary Explorer mission, which ushered in a new era of in situ exploration by flying through the tail of Comet Giacobini-Zinner in 1985, and thus represented the only tail interception by any of the Giacobini-Zinner or Halley spacecraft. (M 18452)

Citation provided by J. H. Rahe at the request of the discoverer.

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