Heyler

1991 PB13. Discovered 1991 Aug. 5 by H. E. Holt at Palomar.

Named in honor of Gene A. Heyler (1956- ), spacecraft attitude control expert at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University. Heyler has been responsible for developing innovative techniques for tracking minor planets during fast flybys. These techniques played a major role in the success of the NEAR flyby of (253) Mathilde in June 1997. (M 35483)

Name suggested and citation provided by J. Veverka.

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