Vilas

1982 UX. Discovered 1982 Oct. 21 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Faith Vilas, planetary scientist at the Johnson Manned Space Center in Houston. Vilas has used high-resolution visual and near-infrared spectral measurements to search for compositional trends among outer-belt minor planets and to investigate the mineralogy of Mercury. She designed and built the coronagraph/spectrograph that was used to image the planetary disk around Beta Pictoris and is currently evaluating the hazard presented by Earth-orbiting debris for future manned missions, including NASA's Space Station. (M 12805)

Citation prepared by M. V. Sykes, with assistance from N. Lebofsky and E. Roemer.

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