1989 AL1. Discovered 1989 Jan. 15 by K. Endate and K. Watanabe at Kitami.

Named in honor of Souichi Noguchi (1965- ), an astronaut working for the Japanese Aerospace Development Agency NASDA, chosen among 572 applicants for the position in 1996. He obtained a master's degree in aeronautics at the University of Tokyo and has been training as a mission specialist for NASA. (M 29145)

Name proposed by the second discoverer following a suggestion by K. Tomita.

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