|Discovery and designation|
|Discovered by||Y. Shimizu, T. Urata|
|Discovery site||Nachi-Katsuura Observatory|
|Epoch August 18, 2005 (JDCT 2453600.5)|
Naming of asteroid
Named in honor of George Takei, with the following citation:
- "George Takei (b. 1937) is an actor best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek television series. He also has a lengthy record of public service through his involvement with organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League and the Human Rights Campaign. The name was suggested by T. H. Burbine."
Upon learning of the decision to name the asteroid after him, he said, "I am now a heavenly body. ... I found out about it yesterday. ... I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky—just like an asteroid."
- NASA reference: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=7307
- | Mr. Sulu makes a name for himself in space|Philadelphia Daily News|10/03/2007
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