Kavasch

1985 JK1. Discovered 1985 May 11 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named in honor of Julius Kavasch (1920-1978) and his son Wulf-Dietrich Kavasch, both amateur geologists and popular science writers about the Ries {see planet (4327)} impact crater, Germany. Julius Kavasch, principal of the elementary school of Moonchsdeggingen, Ries, spent all his life popularizing the geology of the Ries crater to the benefit of students and the local public. He played an outstanding role in providing local support for the national and international professional research on the Ries impact crater. His son, a veterinarian at Hohenaltheim, Ries, has taken over and enlarged upon his father's activities. As a director of the Annual Cultural Festival of the Ries, he initiated the foundation of the "RieskraterMuseum", which is not only devoted to the Ries crater but is one of the best examples of a museum that comprehensively presents impact cratering phenomena in the solar system. (M 18140)

Citation provided by Dieter Stoffler at the request of the discoverers.

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