Wadhwa

1989 RO2. Discovered 1989 Sept. 3 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named in honor of Meenakshi Wadhwa, known as Mini to her friends. Mini's studies of the microdistribution of trace elements in all known martian meteorites have led to a better understanding of the origin of these rocks and have contributed to the igneous history of planet Mars. Her use of extinct and long-lived radioisotopes to decipher the chronology of meteorites is bringing new insights into the formation of a variety of objects from different asteroidal bodies. As Curator of Meteorites, Minerals and Gems at the Field Museum of Natural History, she is actively involved in public education about meteorites and their parent asteroids. (M 33790)

Citation prepared by M. S. Robinson at the request of C. S. Shoemaker.

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