|(6469)||Armstrong = 1982 PC|
Discovered 1982 August 14 by A. Mrkos at Kle.
|Named in honor of Neil Alden Armstrong (b. 1930), U.S. astronaut, the first man to set foot on the moon. In 1966 he and David Scott aboard Gemini 8 conducted the first docking in space. In 1969 along with Aldrin and Collins, he blasted off in Apollo 11 toward the moon, and on July 20 the Eagle module landed on a plain near the soutwestern edge of Mare Tranquillitatis. This minor planet commemorates the 30th anniversary of the first manned lunar-landing mission. Name suggested by J. Tichá, M. Tichý and Z. Moravec, who observed this minor planet at its 1995 opposition, just prior to numbering.|
|(MPC 34623 | 1999 May 4)|