Prast

6562 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of Martin Prast, friend of one of the discoverers. Severely wounded in Vietnam in 1970, he became paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. Together with his father he founded "Prast Research Association: Mobility Aids for Handicapped Persons". In 1977 he received the Outstanding Citizen award in the 36th Congressional District of New York State, and in 1982 he parachuted successfully into the Niagara River near Grand Island, N.Y. (M 12457)

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