Clarke

1981 EO27. Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in honor of Arthur C. Clarke (1917- ), renowned author and visionary. His optimistic portrayal of the future and confidence in the human spirit are themes that pervade his writing. Clarke is best known for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was simultaneously developed into a landmark film. In his 1973 science fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama, Clarke describes the development of Project Spaceguard, a means for detecting and mitigating potentially hazardous objects in near-earth space. In recognition of Clarke's foresight, the name Spaceguard was adopted in a 1992 NASA proposal to the U.S. Congress for a dedicated program to survey the NEO population, as well as in the international foundation established in Rome on 1996 Mar. 26. (M 27127; M 27147)

Citation prepared with assistance from R. P. Binzel. Name independently suggested by D. I. Steel.

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