Groom

1989 GN. Discovered 1989 Apr. 7 by E. F. Helin at Palomar.

Named in honor of Steven L. Groom, a computer specialist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who designed and assembled the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) autonomous observing system, the first of its kind to search for near-earth objects. He used his expertise in systems-level software (including device drivers), parallel processing architectures, network programming and device integration to make NEAT a success. The NEAT team wishes to salute his ingenuity and dedication to the project. (M 26929)

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