Friday, April 17, 2015

Malala Yousafzai Honored by Astronomers

Amy Mainser, a NASA scientist in charge of a deep-space telescope called NEOWISE that discovered an asteroid previously called 2010 ML48, asked the International Astronomical Union to rename the asteroid after the youngest-ever Nobel prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.

"Among the strong women of history who have already had NEOWISE-discovered asteroids named for them are civil rights activist Rosa Parks, conservationist Wangari Maathai, abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, and singer Aretha Franklin" (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboaratory, Asteroid Named for Nobel Prize Winner Joins Historic Lineup, 15 April 2015).

Image from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Used with permission

Screenshot from the NASA JPL's Small-Body Database Browser:
Orbit Diagram for 316201 Malala
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