Winkler

1986 GM. Discovered 1986 Apr. 9 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Ron Winkler (1954- ), digital engineer in the radio astronomy and radar group at NASA's Goldstone {see planet (4433)} deep space communications complex. Since the mid-1980s, Winkler has been singularly important in Goldstone radar astronomy and especially in observations of near-earth asteroids. His understanding of the interface between data-acquisition, antenna-pointing and transmitting systems is unique. His energy, endurance and mastery of procedures for observing close asteroids, demanding frequent switching between transmit and receive configurations, was critical to the success of the radar imaging of (4179) Toutatis, (1620) Geographos and (6489) Golevka. (M 25655)

Name suggested and citation prepared by S. J. Ostro.

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