3351 Smith

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Smith
Discovery and designation
Discovered by E. Bowell
Discovery site Flagstaff
Discovery date September 7, 1980
Designations
MPC designation 3351
Named after
Michael J. Smith
1980 RN1; 1959 TL; 1975 TM6; 1975 TO4; 1975 TX3
Orbital characteristics
Epoch January 4, 2010
Aphelion 3.8579270
Perihelion 2.2357808
Eccentricity 0.2662002
1942.5664054
168.46119
Inclination 13.20657
186.03415
181.94507
Physical characteristics
13.1

33151 Smith (1980 RN1) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 7, 1980 by Edward Bowell from the Lowell Observatory in Anderson Mesa, at southwest from Flagstaff (Arizona). 3351 is named in honor of Michael J. Smith, late pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The asteroids 3350 Scobee, 3352 McAuliffe, 3353 Jarvis, 3354 McNair, 3355 Onizuka and 3356 Resnik commemorate the other crew members.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2012). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (6th ed.). Berlin: Springer. pp. 262–3. ISBN 9783642297182. 

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