|Discovery and designation|
|Discovered by||Purple Mountain Observatory|
|Discovery site||Nanjing, China|
|Discovery date||November 3, 1977|
|Epoch May 14, 2008|
9517 Niehaisheng (1977 VL1) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on Nov. 3 1977 by the Purple Mountain Observatory at Nanjing, China. It is named after the Chinese astronaut Nie Haisheng, who and Fei Junlong were the crew of Shenzhou 6 launched on Oct. 12 2005 and made a series of scientific experiments in space for five days.
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