2228 Soyuz-Apollo

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2228 Soyuz-Apollo is a main belt asteroid with an orbital period of 2026.0941795 days (5.55 years).[1]

The asteroid (a minor planet) was discovered on July 19, 1977, and was named after the Apollo-Soyuz space program, carried on in 1975.[2] The reversal of the names was not political, but to prevent confusion with the asteroid 1862 Apollo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". NASA. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (5th ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. p. 181. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.