Velez

1985 PB1. Discovered 1985 Aug. 14 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Reinaldo Velez, senior telescope operator at the Arecibo Observatory for the past fifteen years and currently head of AO's Department of Telescope and Computer Operations. Rey's expertise, dedication and extensive experience with the telescope have contributed critically to hundreds of radar/radio astronomy experiments. In particular, his direct assistance with radar observations of main-belt and earth-approaching minor planets has been a key element in the success of that research. (M 16445) Name suggested and citation provided by S. J. Ostro.

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