Huntress

1983 BH. Discovered 1983 Jan. 22 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Wesley T. Huntress, Jr. (1942- ), planetary cosmochemist and highly regarded director of NASA space science programs during the 1990s. Gaining international recognition for pioneering studies of chemical evolution in interstellar clouds, comets and planetary atmospheres, Huntress was instrumental in developing the astrochemical research group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During his six years as NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science, the rate at which science missions were launched increased dramatically, along with the public awareness of space science. The naming honors Huntress on his departure from NASA after an illustrious 29-year career with the agency. (M 32348)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by M. S. Allen, who prepared the citation.

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