9517 Niehaisheng

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Niehaisheng
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Purple Mountain Observatory
Discovery site Nanjing, China
Discovery date November 3, 1977
Designations
MPC designation 9517
Named after
Nie Haisheng
1977 VL1
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 3.2119536
Perihelion 2.0063352
Eccentricity 0.2310371
1539.3791795
92.75301
Inclination 5.80574
50.04629
328.73880
Physical characteristics
14.4

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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